Sustainability

A NEW ZEALAND FIRST IN MANAGING COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL WASTE

 

13/08/2019

As we speak, Green Gorilla is building a Commercial and Industrial Waste Sort Line that will be the first of its kind in New Zealand. It’s big news for Auckland businesses and organisations who are looking for real, tangible solutions for their sustainability efforts.

Most commercial or industrial waste bins for whatever reason, whether it be logistical, ignorance or error contain recyclable materials such as wood, paper and metals etc. We’ll be running our clients’ waste from these collection bins through our new sort line and expect to divert approx. 42% of the waste away from landfill.

The drive to invest in our Onehunga Waste Processing Facility originates from one of our big decisions not to own a landfill site. It’s created a fundamental difference in the way Green Gorilla manage and deal with waste and in turn, created a pragmatic solution for like-minded Auckland businesses.

The Commercial and Industrial Waste Sort Line is due to be operational in early October 2019, so now is a good time to contact Green Gorilla.

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!

EV collection trucks are silent and have zero emissions. They're the perfect vehicle for servicing clients in high density environments like the inner city apartments and retirement villages.

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

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