27 October 2016
EnviroNZ Wins Award at WasteMINZ
(EnviroWaste belongs to the EnviroNZ group of companies)
EnviroNZ is proud to have won a joint award with Foodstuffs, at the WasteMINZ Awards for Excellence last week, for Best Project or Initiative in the Commercial or Public sector. The initiative is the Foodstuffs' waste minimisation programme, developed by EnviroNZ in partnership, and is currently operated at almost 100 Foodstuffs' stores nationwide.
Since 2014, EnviroNZ has worked closely with Foodstuffs to divert 80 to 90 percent of their store's waste away from landfills and into up to ten recycling streams. These include the longstanding recycling of cardboard, paper and plastic waste, as well as the newer repurposing of surplus food fit for human consumption, plus bakery and produce waste for animal feed or reprocessing. In the year to 30 June 2016, more than 23,500 tonnes of waste was diverted away from landfills.
Foodstuffs reported that the programme isn't just good for the environment, but also makes financial sense. What was once seen as worthless rubbish is now a valued commodity, something other companies are prepared to pay for. Foodstuffs' average store is now saving more than $2,000 per month on its waste bill, which in turn ensures the programme's viability. Where possible the programme also aims to have materials utilised within New Zealand, thus further supporting the local economy.
EnviroNZ has put a huge effort into the programme to ensure that Foodstuffs is seen as a leader in sustainability. We will continue to pursue additional innovations for Foodstuffs that provide a point of difference, but more importantly, we will also provide an environmental outcome that all Foodstuffs stores can be proud of.
Congratulations and well done to everyone involved in helping us to achieve this esteemed award.
Pictured below accepting the award on behalf of EnviroNZ is (L) Dave Elder, GM Market Development and (3rd along) Carol Dunn, National Account Manager.