Our vision is to transform Russell’s waste, from burying it, to using it as a valuable resource.

We are an incorporated non-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

The Trust and our volunteers work with Far North District Council and businesses such as Northland Waste Ltd, NZ Box Ltd and Innocent Packaging to improve recycling, composting, and to implement better waste minimisation practices in Russell Peninsula and surrounds.

Russell Lights

We are the proud publishers of Russell Lights, the community newspaper servicing Russell township, Russell Peninsula and beyond. Due to the Covid-19 Level 4 restrictions we are publishing the April version on our website only. Read more....

Far North Go Green Awards 2020

MEDIA RELEASE 19 March 2020


In light of the current social situation with Covid-19, Resilient Russell Charitable Trust as promoters of the Far North Go Green Awards, have decided to postpone the event which was to have been held on Friday 3rd April.

Chairman, John Maxwell, said his organisation did not want to put anyone’s health in jeopardy.

“We have sold over 100 tickets and the trustees felt that was getting close to the limit for a crowd gathering.”

Mr Maxwell said the situation would be monitored and a likely rescheduled date has yet to be determined.

For more information please contact:

John Maxwell


027 380 5640

Read about last year's event....

Recycling Ambassadors

Russell Recyclers was formed five years ago and we are now well-known recycling ‘ambassadors’ for a number of events in the Bay of Islands. We work with Northland Waste who supply and then remove and empty the recycle bins for local events. Read more...

The Value of Recycling

Volunteers for Resilient Russell have been busy recycling over the summer.

After four events – Russell School Gala, Russell Birdman, Coastal Classic and BOI Sailing Week – the total volume of waste diverted away from landfill because of their efforts is the equivalent of nearly 5,000 one litre plastic bottles. Our recycling ‘ambassadors’ at events educate the public about placing waste in the right bins.  At other events they literally sort through dumped rubbish to ensure it ends up in the appropriate bins. 

Resilient Russell Charitable Trust volunteers were again at Waitangi on the 6th February working with Eco Solutions directing waste ‘traffic’ from the food stalls.

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, 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 the policy for all large-scale events. Most of our local eateries are now offering compostable cups and plates supplied by Innocent Packaging 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 NZ Box Ltd for our hot composting initiative  Read more....