The Centre for Integrated Biowaste Research (CIBR) is dedicated to developing sustainable reuse options for New Zealand’s biowaste.

CIBR is a multi-disclipnary collaboration between New Zealand crown research institutes, universities and research partners. Led by ESR, the CIBR team encorporates scientists and researchers from Scion, Manaaki Whenua-Landcare ResearchCawthron InstituteLowe Environmental Impact, University of Canterbury, Massey UniversityNIWA, Northcott Research Consultants and Kukupa Research.

What is biowaste and why is it so important? 

How can we re-use it and what are the challenges of reusing biowaste? You can find answers to these questions and other useful resources about biowaste under Find out more.

What we can do for you

We work with central and local government, regional councils, communities and stakeholders who are looking for better biowaste re-use options.

We combine your local knowledge with the expertise from our four specialised research groups (soil science, social and cultural research, ecotoxicology and microbiology) to develop sustainable biowaste re-use solutions that are appropriate and safe for you and your community.

Have a look at our projects to read about real life examples of what researchers at CIBR can do for you.


Events & News

  • NZ Land Treatment Collective Conference in Invercargill 3-5 April 2019
  • SETAC Australasia conference in Darwin, Australia - July 2019


Summer 2018 - Highlights

CIBR newsletter front page - November 2018

  • Goodbye to Jacqui Horswell
  • Metal leaching from taps
  • Social team history 








 Last update: 05/04/2019