WASTEMINZ CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHT
Conserving our water
Did you know that Green Gorilla collects rainwater from the roofs of our waste processing facility?
240,000 litres of water can be stored in tanks that are located around the facility. Our collected water is used for during the waste processing and also for machinery and truck washing. By harvesting rainwater we reduce piped water usage and decrease our operating costs.
Check out our woodchip colouring machine!
This machine assists us in producing high quality black-coloured woodchip that can be used for a range of purposes. Our wood is sourced predominately from construction waste such as pallets & timber, & we chip these products at our Waste Processing Facility to achieve approx. 80% diversion from landfill.
Here's a few facts about our coloured woodchip:
- Made up of air dried recycled untreated timber
- Is made up of a water-based dye, so the colour will not run
- Long-term stability with slow breakdown
- A perfect foundation for playgrounds or landscaping projects
- Free from seeds & plant matter
- Available in natural as well as black
- Free draining 'knitted' product
Call us on 09 636 2244 for pickup or delivery of large industry volumes of dry high quality landscape chip (orders over 35m3).
Say hello to our new Bonny 'E' materials handler
It’s a 100% Electric powered machine and like all our electricity at Green Gorilla, it’s 100% renewable and carboNZero certified electricity sourced from wind, hydro and solar electricity by the good folk at Ecotricity.
The Bonny is an important link in the new expansion of our facility with which Green Gorilla expects to divert from landfill approx. 42% of commercial and industrial waste that we receive from Auckland businesses.
Construction has started on Stage Two our new Commercial and Industrial Waste Processing Facility and it’s all going well
The new facility will sort general waste that would normally be sent to Auckland landfill & will separate it into different waste types such as timber, cardboard etc.
We expect to divert 42% of the waste from landfill. It may be cheaper to dump waste to Auckland landfill but we believe there are better ways to deal with waste & an investment in this type of facility is essential for Auckland businesses and their sustainability journeys.
A NEW ZEALAND FIRST IN MANAGING COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL WASTE
As we speak, Green Gorilla is constructing a Commercial and Industrial Waste Processing Facility that will be the first of its kind in New Zealand, and it’s big news for Auckland businesses and organisations who want the best outcomes for all their waste.
Commercial and industrial waste that would normally go straight into landfill will be placed through our new facility for sorting and separation. Through a series of mechanical and manual processes, we’re expecting approx. 42% of the waste will be diverted away from landfill.
It’s a very exciting time at Green Gorilla and we are proud to be the first and only company in New Zealand who can offer this level of sustainability for commercial and industrial waste. The new facility is expected to be fully operational in Oct.
INNOVATIVE PROJECT SUPPORTED BY MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage has announced a Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) grant of nearly $3.1 million that will enable Auckland recycling firm Green Gorilla to divert 40,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste from landfill annually.
“It is pleasing to be able to support an innovative project that is a significant step toward delivering Auckland businesses with viable alternatives to landfill.
“This is an essential part of reducing waste across the region, and I am confident that Green Gorilla’s project will provide opportunities for new businesses that utilise the recovered materials, bringing new jobs.
“As a country, we need to be thinking smarter about ways maintain the value of our resources, taking circular economy approaches to design waste out of the system. This facility will provide a fundamental change in the way Auckland’s commercial and industrial waste is managed.
“The large expense of new infrastructure and the ability to take advantage of technologies used overseas can be beyond the budgets of local businesses, and that is where our WMF shows its strengths,” Mrs Sage says.
Green Gorilla’s CEO, Graeme Bowkett said that “the company will construct a large scale commercial and industrial waste sorting facility at its Onehunga site which will allow it to recover, reuse or recycle commercial and industrial materials alongside its existing construction and demolition sorting facility. The highly mechanised plant will double the overall capacity of the site and allow the company to offer additional cost effective landfill diversion services to its thousands of Auckland customers.”
The WMF provides financial support to projects that reduce environmental harm and provide social, economic and cultural benefits. It is funded from a levy charged on waste disposed of at landfills to discourage waste and to support waste minimisation initiatives. More than $92 million has been awarded to more than 150 projects to date.
SHHH... YOU MAY HAVE SEEN (BUT NOT HEARD) OUR LATEST FULLY ELECTRIC WASTE COLLECTION TRUCK
Our first EV truck has been a success, so we've recently invested in a 2nd vehicle!
Green Gorilla EV collection trucks are silent and have zero emissions which make them the perfect vehicle for servicing high density environments like the apartment buildings. The electric power train generates much less vibration, heat and noise, creating driver-friendly work conditions and a truck that is smoother, cooler and quieter than diesels.
No fossil fuels or emissions are involved in their day-to-day operations and like all our electricity at Green Gorilla, it’s 100% renewable and carboNZero certified electricity sourced from wind, hydro and solar electricity by the good folk at Ecotricity. Green Gorilla operate two EV collection trucks and eight electric sales and operations vehicles. To support these vehicles we also have our own EV charging stations at our operations base in Onehunga.
WASTE PLASTERBOARD RECYCLING
Green Gorilla's recycling of waste plasterboard into gypsum is explained in this video by Nicole Bremner of TV1 News.
Click the image to check out the video.
We work with construction and building companies to divert their plasterboard from landfill to produce recycled gypsum that is used by horticultural and dairy industries to enrich their soil. Our Waste Processing Facility recycled 4000 tonnes of gypsum in 2016 and this year we are aiming for 8000 tonnes.
If you are a user of gypsum in New Zealand, contact us today.
DEALING WITH WASTE FROM AUCKLAND'S BUILDING BOOM
RNZ INSIGHT PROGRAMME ON WASTE MINIMISATION BY TERESA COWIE.
Urgent action needed on NZ construction waste.
As landfills around the country continue to grow every year, major construction firms are doing their bit to reduce waste in the sector. Demolition rubbish makes up half of what's thrown away.
An RNZ Insight investigation by Teresa Cowie, has found even some of those in the building industry think it's time they were charged more to get rid of their waste.
Listen to the full report and watch the video featuring Graeme Bowkett CEO of Green Gorilla discussing our gypsum recycling operation.
Listen to the Podcast: rnz.co.nz/insight
Watch the video: https://lnkd.in/geFgWjE
BEES ON WASTE PROCESSING FACILITY LAND!
Tucked away in a small corner of our land in Onehunga, Auckland are the Green Gorilla beehives and this year we had our first small honey harvest.
Sometimes it can be dirty and noisy around our operations, so our team wanted to give the local environment a helping hand by establishing beehives. We're very excited about the bees and their work.
Although the amount of honey is small and we can't offer it for sale, there's something very special about having your own brand of honey! And check out the honey labels! We commissioned Mitch Hejl of Relish Creative to design a label and were blown away with the end result.
Did you know? Bees usually forage up to 3 km from their hive, so our bees might be gathering pollen from Cornwall Park in the north to Mangere in the south.
Here's some interesting links about bees in Auckland: