Our waste and environmental consultancy helps businesses, councils, schools and manufacturers in NZ who want to understand and reduce their environmental impacts. We provide comprehensive waste audits, sustainable event solutions, environmental accounting, develop internal waste reduction strategies, create product stewardship programs and conduct R&D into creating new recycling opportunities for non-recyclable materials.
Unlike the bigger consultants, we like to get our hand dirty.
Founder, Nelson Harper, was working in the food manufacturing industry as a process engineer where he noticed many businesses having a real passion, enthusiasm and need for real sustainability. The story was similar across many businesses with sustainability being important, but with the focus being on maintaining their core business, they didn’t always have the resourcing and know-how to focus their efforts on sustainability. With the commercial sector creating more than 80% of all waste in New Zealand there was a need to ensure the value was held by these resources and keep them circulating through our economy instead of moving down the value chain or going straight to landfill. With his broad experience in applied science, chemical bioprocess engineering, horticulture, healthcare, food manufacturing, construction, environmental accounting, and biodiversity, Nelson assembled a passionate team to form Precycle NZ. Our goal is to become the leading experts in waste alchemy, transforming waste in a valuable resource through science and technology.
Since its genesis in 2021, the Precycle NZ team has worked with many businesses, councils and organisations across many industries in the private and public sectors including food production, healthcare, plastics, construction & demolition, education, biodiversity, government, and more. We have partnered with many businesses, research institutes, recyclers and organizations to make sure you can use the best solutions available.
The world has enough talking, we are ready for real outcomes. We are looking to understand the waste of NZ, but most importantly we are finding solutions that make a real-world difference to your business, our industries and our country.
If you find yourself saying:
"Because that's the way it has always been done" then maybe it's time for a change.
We focus on the end result, and the most effective and efficient way to reach your goals.
Do you want to reduce the cost of your waste management? We got you!
Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint? We will help you find the most effective and impactful way to do that!
Is telling a good story to boost brand identity your goal? We will help you create an awesome story and boost your PR!
Do you want to be the most sustainable and innovative company? We will help you create a pathway to get there, then help you achieve those goals!
Our business aims to grow each of our team members and communities to the highest possible level. We have a high expectation of trust and respect within our team, and we hold this value true with our clients. We are providing post-graduate education opportunities and upskilling our team where we can. We also aim to connect our clients to opportunities for giving back to the community, like litter clean-ups in urban streams.
We want real change, and this means working with any business, council, school, or organisation that aligns with our values and vision. We understand that change can't happen in silos, and change requires a village, so we help connect the dots.
Nelson is the founder of Precycle NZ and has a background in horticulture, science and chemical bioprocess engineering, but has always worn entrepreneurial glasses in everything he does. He has worked with many small and large businesses, the community non-profit sector, and councils. He has also been on several governance boards, including Engineering NZ, Repair Cafe Aotearoa NZ and Manawatū Young Chamber.
He likes brewing beer and spirits, gardening, and camping, and he can play Guitar Hero on an expert level!
"I like the idea of proving the system wrong, that there is a better way of doing things. After seeing so much waste in businesses, it always looked like a massive opportunity to be able to make a difference and reduce the amount of resources being wasted."
Justine has a remarkable background in the environmental and resource planning field. Over the past 8 years, Justine has made significant contributions through her work in both Council and consultancy roles.
Outside of her professional achievements, Justine embraces the simple pleasures in life. She finds solace in camping adventures, adores the company of feline friends, indulges in the delights of cheese, explores intriguing plane crash documentaries, and appreciates the finer notes of a good wine.
"Captain Planet was (and still is) a hero of my youth. I’ve always been passionate about the environment and sustainability, and I’ve always wanted a career within the environmental field. Nailed it!"
Caleb has a background in mechatronics engineering and a current focus on chemical engineering. Caleb's expertise lies in the development of fibre waste panels, where he is gaining valuable experience. Caleb's key professional skills include programming, CAD, and research and development.
Caleb's decision to join Precycle was driven by an exciting and impactful project presented by Nelson as both of their endeavours align with making a difference in sustainability and the construction industry. Through his involvement with Precycle, Caleb has witnessed the staggering amount of waste in landfills, inspiring him to find innovative ways to utilize these waste streams and create positive change.
Outside of work, Caleb enjoys game nights with friends and family, exploring new destinations through travel, staying fit at the gym and through running, and immersing in captivating story-driven media like books, games, and TV shows.
Lucien is an accomplished professional in the fields of graphic design and recycling. With a solid background in retail and over 4 years of experience, Lucien has honed their skills in customer service, ensuring that every interaction leaves a positive impression.
As a valued member of our team, Lucien brings their dedication to excellence in service to events, creating memorable and enjoyable experiences for all attendees. Their passion for delivering exceptional customer service and proficiency in graphic design allowing them to contribute to a diverse range of projects, including recent successes in crafting captivating social media images.
Their ability to seamlessly integrate exceptional customer care with visually engaging designs enables them to excel in various roles. They are committed to making a positive impact and driving success for the team, leaving a lasting impression on every project they undertake.
Natalie majors in Environmental Science and minors in Earth Science at Massey University, where she finds courses on how we affect our environment, such as human ecology, which is the study of the relationship between humans and their natural, social, and built environments, fascinating.
"My interest in the environment and science was instilled in me at a young age, owing largely to my upbringing and parents. I developed an interest in nature and science while growing up on a lifestyle block surrounded by animals and nature after moving to New Zealand from Jersey at the age of six. My mother, a science teacher, and father, who has a PhD in Horticulture, fueled my interest even more."
Outside of work, Natalie enjoys being outdoors, whether it's riding horse, going on tramps, or just reading outside. She is an all-around great person to have on our team!
"Working with Precycle is a dream come true for me as I believe it's an excellent company that is currently and will continue to make a significant impact on reducing waste and helping to improve the environment. While my major is in Environmental Science, my minor in Earth Science is a huge passion of mine. It helps me relate our impact on the environment back to the soil and water systems of our earth, and who doesn't think volcanoes are cool?"
Isabella specialises in Chemical and Process Engineering at University of Canterbury. She is currently honing her skills in fluid mechanics, chemical reactions, thermodynamics, separation operations, process design, optimisation, and sustainability.
"I joined Precycle NZ because I believe the ideals and actions they take is important for the future of Aotearoa. As the country continues to grow in all aspects of life, the need for sustainable and innovative solutions is in turn becoming more recognisable. I think that Precycle NZ sets an example of how we should be thinking, especially as the world turns to implementing more circular mindsets into their processes."
In addition to professional accomplishments, Isabella is also an avid surfer. When she's not busy working you might find her getting out to the beach to body board as well.
Chouly is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Contemporary International Studies at IPU New Zealand, with a major in International Business. Coming from a background of organizing several social impact projects and successfully managing an Edtech startup in Cambodia, Chouly's journey is truly inspiring. She has a burning curiosity for learning about innovations and conquering the business landscape in New Zealand.
But that's not all! Chouly is the president of the Business Innovation Club at IPU NZ and serves as a board member for the MYPN - Manawatu Young Professionals Network and Manawatū Young Chamber. Her dedication to professional growth and empowering fellow young professionals is truly commendable. She said:
"I believe that being in Precycle NZ is a great opportunity for me to learn and explore my curiosity in entrepreneurship while helping the environment in innovative ways to reduce waste effectively and efficiently."
Beyond her professional achievements, Chouly has a vibrant personality and diverse interests. You might spot her engrossed in a captivating book, channelling her creativity through painting or exploring intriguing ideas and concepts. She's also passionate about giving back to the community and regularly volunteers for events in town. And let's not forget her love for Gong Cha!
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