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Sue Coutts



7:00PM–8:30PM  04/11/20


The transformation to a zero waste world is about more than recapturing resources in a circular economy, it’s a gateway to a new way of thinking about resources, relationships, community, connectedness and nature. This session will explore the roles different parts of society have in creating change towards zero waste, and look at some of the most significant challenges and opportunities that exist for those working in the zero waste sector today. 

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Sue Coutts

Zero Waste Network

Sue has been involved in community enterprise and zero waste since 2002 when she started work at Wastebusters in Wanaka. She fell in with the national and international zero waste crew at the Life with Waste Hui in Raglan in 2003. Since then she has been working on different levels; operations, network development, influencing policy and campaigning for change as the need arose. She finished up as Wastebusters GM in 2020.


Sue recently took on a new external affairs role working at the Zero Waste Network Aotearoa NZ HQ. Her focus is building the evidence base, the practical tools and the relationships that will make ZWN more effective in helping Aotearoa NZ make a just transition to a low waste, low carbon circular economy. She is also a member of the Waste Advisory Board which provides advice on relevant matters to the Minister for the Environment.

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