How we help your local Community
Northland Waste contributes to many community groups and organisations. Our key sponsorship to Hospice has provided in excess of $120,000 to Hospice across the Northland region.
"Through Northland Waste supporting Hospice we can continue to keep our services free of charge to our patients and their families at their most precious time of life." - Chris Burrows, Chairman of Hospice Mid Northland.
"Northland Waste supporting Far North Hospice means that we can help patients and their families,free of charge, at a challenging time." Eric Shackleton, Chair Trustee - Far North Community Hospice.
Hundertwasser Art Centre
Northland Waste is a long-time supporter of the Hundertwasser Art Centre project and significantly contributed to the funding of sample building - Te Kakano - to enable it to be built. Northland Waste also has secured the perpetual naming rights for the Fountain which in its own right will be a significant feature of the Town Basin.
Most Hundertwasser buildings around the world have a bespoke fountain associated with the building and the HAC is no exception. It will be outside the HAC building between it and the water front.
The photo below shows the fountain that is associated with the Kunst Haus in Vienna and will be similar to the one located outside the HAC.”
We are proud to support Recycling initiatives in Northland.
GRANT KEEPS FAR NORTH GLASS RECYCLING ON THE UP AND UP
A truck offloads glass into one of the newly built storage bunkers built at the Kerikeri RE: Sort Resource Recovery Park.
New Zealand’s newest resource recovery park is ramping up efforts to improve sustainability in the Far North, with help from the Glass Packaging Forum.
The Kerikeri Re:Sort Resource Recovery Park, which opened at the end of 2018, has already proven so popular it has had to increase its container glass recycling storage. Northland Waste Manager Andrew Sclater says the volume of glass being recycled increased significantly in the months following the opening, prompting the need to upgrade.
Northland Waste built and operates the park.
A grant of just over $23,000 from the Forum has enabled the company to replace the portable skip bins initially used for glass storage, with dedicated concrete bunkers, Andrew says. This has increased storage from approximately 5.5 tonnes to 49 tonnes, meaning not only can more glass can be recycled, but transport is more efficient too, he says.
Recycled glass in New Zealand is sent to the country’s only glass bottle and jar manufacturer O-I NZ in Auckland.
Glass Packaging Forum Scheme Manager Dominic Salmon says funds for the grant allocated by the Forum come from levies paid by around 100 voluntary member brands, who operate New Zealand’s only product stewardship programme for container glass. To date the Forum has funded more than $3.4 million in grants.
“Re:Sort was designed around recovery and diverting waste away from landfill,” Andrew says. It also means residents of the district’s largest town no longer need to compete the 50-minute round trip to the rural facility in Whitehills, he says.
Re:Sort has proven so popular that the volume of glass being recycled more than doubled in the months following the opening. “This in turn has diverted more glass away from landfill.”
Glass going to landfill is huge waste of valuable resources as it can be infinitely recycled in New Zealand, Dominic says. It’s also one of the most sustainable packaging materials.
Using recycled glass to make new glass bottles and jars reduces the need for virgin material – in fact, 1kg of recycled glass replaces 1.2kg of virgin materials. It also means the furnaces can run at a lower temperature so there are less emissions, Dominic says. According to the latest information from O-I, every 10 percent of recycled glass content reduces emissions by 5 percent and generates energy savings of approximately 3 percent.
“A great little statistic we’d love people to keep in mind when doing their recycling is that the energy saved by recycling a single bottle could light a 15-watt low-energy light bulb for 24 hours,” Dominic says.
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