Team make waste work for them

EMMA DANGERFIELD
Last updated 13:48 26/12/2012

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There is more to celebrate at Innovative Waste Kaikoura, with a consistently high rate of diversion from landfill and more waste products being converted into something useful.

Since the installation of the new glass sorting and crushing system at the Scarborough St depot, the recycled glass is being sold for uses including landscaping, sandblasting and pool filtration, and greenskeepers at golf clubs are being offered the product to trial in their bunkers.

Feedback so far has been very positive, says waste manager Robbie Roche.

The recent successes of Innovative Waste were discussed at last week's council meeting, with most councillors excited about the new crushed glass production.

While it is far from being profitable yet, it could at least be cost neutral before too long and it could mean all glass currently stockpiled can be reused, rather than going to landfill or being sent off site.

There may even be the potential to take glass from other districts, although this will be some time away yet.

On top of the new glass product, there has been no shortage of demand for the compost and bark being produced, and extra staff have been rostered on for weekend shifts in order to keep up with this increased demand.

The diversion rate from landfill, which currently sits at above 80 per cent, is helping to lengthen the life of the landfill, although more still needs to be done to keep organic matter out of the rubbish so that more can be recycled.

Thanks to the efforts being made with diversion, the number of tonnes to landfill to the end of November 2012 is 2881, while the estimate for this year sits at 3666 tonnes.

This equates to an extra year for the local landfill before it reaches capacity.

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- Kaikoura Star

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