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GROW THE AUCKLAND ECONOMY BY DIVERTING WASTE FROM LANDFILL

25/05/2020

HERE'S A LOOK AT HOW GREEN GORILLA'S ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES CAN HELP STIMULATE GROWTH.

By diverting Auckland's commercial waste from landfill, Green Gorilla offers more jobs to Kiwi's, reduce ratepayers cost to support landfill, keeps profits in New Zealand and creates a better environmental outcome for Auckland's waste.

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'SHOVEL-READY' PROJECTS ENCOURAGED TO BE SUSTAINABLE

03/05/2020

THE GOVERNMENT’S BEING PRESSED ON ITS COMMITMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENT AS IT PREPARES TO COUNTER THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF COVID-19

Nicole Brenmer reports for TV1.
The Green Building Council is calling for all "shovel ready" projects to be sustainable to reduce landfill waste around the country.
The Council’s call comes as industrial waste plants reopen and the construction sector gets back to work after the lockdown.
“Covid-19 gives us a huge opportunity to reset and think about this,” says Andrew Eagles, Green Building Council Chief Executive.
“There is a real opportunity for the Government to be leading by not just funding but actually walking the walk and reducing waste themselves on these ‘shovel ready’ projects they’re talking about.”

Green Gorilla offers Auckland construction, commercial and industrial companies a sustainable option than waste companies that dump waste directly to landfill.

Click here to go to the TV1 story and video

AUCKLAND’S ONLY COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL WASTE PROCESSING FACILITY

16/04/20

A REMARKABLE SOLUTION TO IMPROVE YOUR BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY

Our state-of-the-art waste processing facility uses a series of augers, screens, density separators, eddy currents and optical sorters to separate different types of waste for reuse. By using this processing facility Green Gorilla can recover much of your general waste that would previously have gone to landfill. That’s a great result for businesses and organisations who want to improve their sustainability.

What are the benefits to your business?

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO

A VERY UNEXPECTED TALE!

01/04/2020

CONSTRUCTION WASTE HELPS GROW AVOCADOS!

The New Zealand avocado industry is a big user of gypsum because avocado trees are acid-loving plants and applications of gypsum to the soil are a good way to obtain the high calcium levels required by avocado trees without raising soil pH.

Green Gorilla gypsum is made from recycled from plasterboard off-cuts, usually sourced from our building and construction partners. Our waste processing facility separates the gypsum from the paper in the plasterboard off-cuts and then made available for sale.

The construction and demolition industries create 50% of all waste in New Zealand and more than 70% of the waste produced from a construction site can be recycled by Green Gorilla.

Start using Gorilla Bags for plasterboard waste and help grow tasty avocados!

ORDER YOUR GORILLA BAGS HERE

TIME-LAPSE VIDEO

09/01/20

Here’s our Commercial & Industrial Waste Processing Facility construction in a 90 sec time-lapse.

The facility’s potential is remarkable. It can divert up to 40% of waste from general waste bins that previously would have gone straight into landfill. That’s a game-changer for Auckland businesses wanting to improve their sustainability performance.

For businesses that are unable to sort and separate their waste, this facility will do it for you.

CONTACT US TODAY AND DIVERT MORE OF YOUR WASTE FROM LANDFILL

 

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CONSTRUCTION WASTE INNOVATOR

24/12/19

This Ministry of the Environment video presents a short overview of our Construction and Demolition Waste Processing Facility that diverts approx 75-80% of construction, building and demolition waste from Auckland landfill.

Green Gorilla is a case study to explain how the waste levy can be used to assist businesses that divert waste from landfill.

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Conserving our water

 

09/10/2019

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!

 

26/08/2019

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 are 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 a 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).

MORE ABOUT OUR WOOD CHIPPING HERE

Say hello to our new Bonny 'E' materials handler

 

22/07/2019

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 up to 40% of commercial and industrial waste that we receive from Auckland businesses general waste bins.

Construction has FINISHED our new Commercial and Industrial Waste Processing Facility

 

24/08/2019

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 up to 40% of the waste from landfill from general waste bins. It may be cheaper to dump waste to Auckland landfill but we believe there are better ways to deal with waste and 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

 

13/08/2019

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

 

16/05/2019

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.

Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage and Green Gorilla CEO Graeme Bowkett

Projected Commercial & Industrial waste diverted from landfill (defined in green).

SHHH... YOU MAY HAVE SEEN (BUT NOT HEARD) OUR LATEST FULLY ELECTRIC WASTE COLLECTION TRUCK

 

16/05/2019

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

 

04/01/2019

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

 

03/01/2019

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!

 

17/09/2017

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:

fortheloveofbees.co.nz

Auckland Council - manage your bees

beesuptop.co.nz