Give it up for the contributors to the Why Waste initiative!

We are proud to work with such inspirational people who put so much love and thought not only into what they do, but the larger implications that may have.


Make sure you pop in and say hi!



Dry Dock Cafe
6 Wharf St, Tauranga
07 577 1573
The Dry Dock Cafe are kind of like the common room of Downtown Tauranga. Right on the middle of the action on Wharf Street, their business has grown to the point of even taking over the shop next door! Soon, the council is going to have to close the street (pedestrians only) to make space for all the Dry Dock customers!
As a member of Conscious Consumers, the Dry Dock Cafe are composting, recycling, providing gluten and dairy free options as well as sourcing fair trade coffee.


Mills Reef Winery
143 Moffat Rd, Bethlehem
07 576 8800
Mills Reef Winery Restaurant has established itself as an award-winning Tauranga landmark. They’ll always hold a special place in our hearts as the first contributor to sign up for the Why Waste compost collection.
An amazing story has ensued as Mills Reef have gone from one bin of organic waste per week to two, three and now four! In a busy week we often collect over half a tonne of organic waste which would have otherwise gone to landfill. Shot team!


 Satori Lounge
309 Maunganui Rd, Tauranga
07 575 0979
Satori Lounge not only has the best food, but they also have a killer courtyard in The Mount and throw some sweet parties.
“We are becoming more aware of the importance of being ‘conscious consumers’. Our first step was to begin using a compost bin from Why Waste and we are also in the process of changing all our takeaway packaging to be fully compostable.” – Lisa Wilson, Owner.
mount scMount Social Club
305 Maunganui Road, Tauranga
 07 574 7773
Mount Maunganui’s freshest place to hang out, the vibe at The Mount Social Club is HOT! However behind the humming pulse on your good times radar is a conscious kitchen and a socially and environmentally responsible approach to the business.
From upcycling old doors and windows as building materials to incorporating a banged up truck into the beer garden, crates hold bottles while people sit in funky bath tubs and flowers grow from walls of reclaimed pallets.


Flaveur Breads
31 Totara St, Mt Maunganui
07 575 7161
Flaveur Breads are one of our favorite stops on our compost collection, their bread is actually good for you and it tastes amazing!
Hot tip: If your a bit short on dough (‘scuse the pun) then ask about yesterdays bread! They let us have it for half price! Mmmmmmm get the caramelised onion and black olive loaf, then find some basil and pick a fresh tomato. Bliss…
Sustainability is as central to their business as, as, wild yeast! They are currently in the process of applying for Organic Certification. Huge!


Rye Kitchen
14 Wharf St, Tauranga
07 571 4138
We went to Rye for a feed with the Gourmet Night Market Sustainability crew and it blew our minds! The pork belly was the business and chicken and waffles is an experience unlike any other.
As soon as these guys heard that there was an organic waste collection happening they jumped straight on it – a vibrant and innovative team with their hearts (and brains) in the right place.



Mount Brewing Co.
107 Newton Street, Mount Manuganui
07 5752739
Are you a craft beer lover or consider yourself a connoisseur of hand crafted beer? Then you need to try Mount Brewing Co’s range of fresh and tasty beer. We have been hand crafting our beers in Mount Maunganui since 1996.  Our beer is now proudly stocked in a number of quality bars and wholesale outlets.
We have seven core beers that are available all year round and we also release seasonal beers through out the year, such as the Mermaid’s Mirth and Resin Head Hoppy Red.


 The Barrio Brothers
105 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui & 107 Grey Street, Tauranga
07 574 9447
Get down to Barrio for the best Mexican in town. Serious. The chimichanga is like a normal burrito but dressed like a matador, thrown in deep fryer hotter a the bullring of a Oaxacan village and then dipped in awesome sauce. Great vibe, excellent service and, what can we say… they compost!


Excelso Coffee.
112 Third Ave West, Tauranga
Apart from brewing the best coffee in town, roasting the best coffee in town and training the best baristas in town, Excelso Coffee is on a mission.
The mission is to reduce the amount of waste produced, recycle as much as possible instead of throwing away, and reuse items where possible.
Putting their money where their mouth is (well, it doesn’t even cost that much more!) they’ve recently transferred all their packaging to be biodegradable. Of course, none of that would be any use if they were throwing them to landfill – thats where we fit in.