Q4 2019: Identifying solutions for problem waste streams
We are expanding our tyre recycling collection capability into the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. This extends our service to new regions, and enables us to turn old tyres into tyre derived fuel, reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from Golden Bay Cement by substituting the rubber biofuel for coal.
Following the collapse in global demand for mixed paper recycling in late 2019, we have initiated a new project to assess further onshore uses for paper. We are also conducting a full review of Waste Management’s paper collection customers to assess the volume of recycling by region, and the impact of the changing recycling market.
Q3 2019: Identifying solutions for problem waste streams
We are pleased to announce we have now started to supply Golden Bay Cement with tyre derived fuel from Waste Management’s tyre recycling facility in Auckland. This is expected to reduce Golden Bay Cement’s greenhouse gas emissions by 15,000 tonnes of CO2 per year by providing a fuel substitute for coal.
Q2 2019: Identifying solutions for problem waste streams
We have worked hard to form strategic partnerships with local onshore solutions for scrap plastic and now sell approximately 70% of plastics we process to New Zealand customers. For example, international markets for plastic film declined over the past few years and we have worked locally to encourage a market here in New Zealand. We are pleased that there are now three processors here who take plastic film and process it into new or secondary raw materials.
We have also been focusing on reducing recycling contamination with our customers to achieve this. We are really thankful to our customers for the success we are having together, with contamination rates improving, resulting in better recycling recovery rates for us all.
Q1 2019: Reducing carbon through EV Trucks
Our first New Zealand EV Truck conversion was completed last year at our EV Innovation Hub in Auckland and work is being accelerated to convert multiple EV Trucks this year.
Since Christmas three truck chassis have been converted from diesel to electric and are awaiting body installations before joining our truck fleet.