Sustainability: it’s a way of life

Sustainability: it’s a way of life

1st Oct

Sustainability: it’s a way of life

Here at HWR we think it’s worth celebrating when innovation and sustainability come together, for the good of generations to follow.

Even better? When we can work with others in our community to achieve the same goals. 

Since 2009, Southern Transport has worked hand-in-hand with Southland disAbility Enterprises (SdE) – an organisation that enriches the lives of people with disabilities, by providing meaningful employment and personal development opportunities.

Its services include document destruction and shredding, making equipment used by Rio Tinto at its Tiwai Point site, packaging and exporting agricultural products, and assembling commercial mailouts for courier dispatch. SdE also processes items for recycling, collected by the team behind Southern Transport, including cardboard and paper waste.

That’s where Oji Fibre Solutions – New Zealand’s only paper recycling service that can manufacture paper board and packaging products – comes in.

Southern Transport waste and recycling dispatcher Mere Koroheke-Edwards says Oji takes the cardboard and paper waste, collected by Southern Transport and processed by SdE, and transforms it back into new packaging grade material.

Around 85 percent of all cardboard and paper recycling collected by Southern Transport is able to be processed, recycled and reused in its new form within our economy – including by organisations like the nearby Alliance meat processing plant at Lorneville, which uses the recycled waste to package its own products.

The partnership between Southern Transport, SdE and Oji gives the region’s waste a new lease on life, Koroheke-Edwards says.

“The work we all do together means that we’re able to help look after Southland’s environment, by recycling and re-purposing waste products that would otherwise end up in landfill,” she says.

“It’s great to be able to work alongside other organisations keen to make a difference in our community: to know we’re all doing our bit to leave a better future for our children and grandchildren.”