Our vision is to grow the resilience and self-sufficiency of the Russell community in the face of Climate Change.

We are an incorporated not-for-profit organisation called Resilient Russell Charitable Trust.

The Trust is a registered charity (CC56638)

We are a volunteer organisation based in Russell in the heart of New Zealand's beautiful Bay of Islands

What we do

Waste Minimisation

Our volunteers work with Far North District Council, Local volunteer groups and Businesses including Northland Waste Ltd  and The Carbon Cycle Compost Company to create a circular economy by implementing better waste minimisation practices on the Russell Peninsula and surrounds.

Annual Far North Go Green Awards and Funky Trash to Wearable Art Fashion Show


Russell Lights

We are the proud publishers of Russell Lights, the monthly community publication servicing Russell township, Russell Peninsula and beyond. Russell Lights is available in local shops, online and by mail-out.  

Recycling Ambassadors

To date, our event waste ambassadors have successfully diverted over 70% of waste going to landfill.   Read more...

We also work alongside Eco Solutions http://www.ecosolutions.org.nz/ for the celebrations at Waitangi on 6th February each year

The trust offers an associate membership and is always keen to hear from anyone who can contribute to the well-being of the community, the region and the planet, through sensible waste management.

Hot Composting

We have encouraged organisers of events to use compostable plates and cutlery and our local marae has adopted this policy for all large-scale events. Most of our local eateries are now offering compostable cups and plates supplied by for take-away coffee and meals. These are then collected and taken to our composting site to be mulched and added to our hot composting boxes.

We use compost bins generously provided by Carbon Cycle Compost https://carboncyclecompost.com/ for our hot composting initiative  Read more....