About The EcoStar Programme

Promoting Kaitiakitanga by reducing waste


The EcoStar program supports Northland businesses to achieve their sustainability goals by working towards minimising waste. We believe that waste minimisation is a fundamental positive climate action which is measurable and achievable.

The first step is to do a full waste evaluation of your business. This includes having a look at your current system as well as having a free waste assessment of your  current waste streams.

We can come in to check your systems OR you can run a self assessment to get started.

Find the self assessment here!

We identify improvements to current systems, offer support in implementation, correct signage &  tips to minimise  your waste. 
We offer workshops to support your journey, and will work with your waste providers in ensuring the right systems are in place.

​Once systems are embedded, a second waste evaluation, together with waste minimisation strategies are  used to assess your award. This evaluation also serves as a stepping stone for developing further strategies for improvement. A Bronze, Silver or Gold rating is attained.  
Once a business is awarded an EcoStar award, they are asked to keep records of the business’s waste stream for twelve months. This record verifies that they continue to meet the criteria and gives a clear picture of how we can help.   

  • Mentoring Kaitiakitanga in Northland organisations.
  • Connecting organisations  with waste solutions.
  • Creating easy to follow waste reduction plans.
  • Offering zero waste workshops and networking events, to connect opportunities with solutions!

All you need to do is contact us and we will book you in for a free waste evaluation.

The EcoStar program is funded by The Ministry for the Environment and  EcoStar Awards is funded by the Far North District Council.

Frequently asked questions

Waste minimisation can seem a bit overwhelming at times however we firmly believe that it is a journey and that every step is a step in the right direction. In order to make that step a bit easier we have highlighted some common questions below:

What can I do with my compostable waste?

 At EcoSolutions we have identified that one of the largest issues for a lot of organisations is the disposal of organic waste. Organic waste consists of items such as food scraps, compostable coffee cups and paper towels. Landfilling paper emits more carbon into the atmosphere than landfilling food scraps. Northland doesn't have a centralised commercial composting facility largely because of its big landmass and low population density.
​This creates different opportunities.
Check out the compost connection for a local composting hub that may help your business with your compostable waste or sign up to the compost connection mentorship program for a subsidised compost system that may be suitable for your business. Alternatively you can check out sharewaste to see if there is someone locally who is keen on your compostable waste.

What is product Stewardship?

Product stewardship is a policy tool that ensures that the people and organisations who make, sell, use and dispose of a product share responsibility for

  1. ensuring that the product is effectively reduced, reused, recycled or recovered (in that order)
  2. minimising the product’s impact on the environment, human health and safety.

 A bottle/container deposit scheme would be one example of a product stewardship scheme. The government announced last year that there are 6 priority products that will come under mandatory stewardship, there are: plastic containers, electronic waste, tyres, agricultural chemicals and their containers & refrigerants. if you'd like to learn more about product stewardship check out the NZ product stewardship website.



Far North District:  Jo Shanks | Mb:  022 639 3154 | E: Jo@cbec.co.nz 
Mid North District:  Anouk Van Donzel | Mb:  027 254 5462 | E: Anouk@cbec.co.nz
Whāngarei District:  Cézanne Hamilton | Mb: 0272574674 | E: Cezanne@cbec.co.nz
Whāngarei District: Jane Reed |Mb: 0272306408 | EJane@cbec.co.nz
Whāngarei District: Brontë Hamilton | Mb: 02102525212 | EBronte@cbec.co.nz

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Thank you Anouk for your presentation to the Bay of Islands/Pewhairangi DOC staff yesterday. The meeting was well-attended and generated wide-ranging discussions that were stimulated by your depth of knowledge about and passion for the topic. The practical wax wrap session at the end really engaged staff that ordinarily are not that interested in the topic. We are looking forward to the next session. 
Bay of Islands/Pewhairangi DOC

We are a small team in a very small office and yet we were not doing so well on the recycling front. Eco Solutions helped us to see where we needed improvement and helped us to get all our systems in place. We were super pleased to get our first award! We can now show it off with pride and are pleased to be seen to be doing the right thing.
Hannah, Alzheimers Northland Mid North Office

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