Sunshine Yates, Director, B.A, Dip. Env. Tech.


Sunshine joined Waste Not Consulting in 2003, bringing with her three years experience in the solid waste industry. Since then Sunshine has worked as Senior Resource Consultant and as a Director.


With 16 years experience working with waste and recycling systems, and excellent interpersonal and project management skills, Sunshine is the perfect person to assist organisations to develop integrated waste and recycling programmes.


Sunshine has managed a variety of waste auditing projects, recycling system designs, behaviour change programmes, cleaner production programmes and research projects. Specific projects include the following:

  • Conducted surveys of waste and recycling systems and developed recommendations for waste minimisation initiatives for organisations including: Meridian Energy, Watercare Services, Metrowater, Transpower, BNZ, ANZ, The NZ Refining Company, Auckland International Airport,  Kiwi Income Property Trust, Downer EDI Works, Chapman Tripp, the Department of Corrections, Auckland Council, Thames-Coromandel District Council, Environment Bay of Plenty, and Waikato Regional Council
  • Assisted Auckland Council with local business district waste minimisation projects
  • Assisted Parliamentary Services, The Correspondence School, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Building and Housing to meet their waste minimisation objectives for the Govt3 programme
  • Assisted in the design of recycling systems for the Rugby World Cup 2011 (for the Auckland Region Sustainability Workstream)
  • Assisted in the design of “Guidelines for working towards zero waste events” for Auckland City Council
  • Designed and implemented a recycling system at Mt Smart Stadium
  • Has managed research projects involving the survey of schools (for Auckland Council and the former North Shore City Council, Auckland City Council, and Manukau City Council) and businesses (for Enterprising Manukau).
  • Coordinated the EcoBiz programme for businesses in the Auckland region
  • Provided consulting services to businesses participating in the Auckland EnviroSmart® programme