Clever cost saving at holiday park

Last updated 13:26 19/09/2013
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Invercargill Kiwi Holiday Park owner Gary Tong.

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You might remember our article from November 2011 about the team at Lorneville Holiday Park and their sustainable ideas, like using old fashioned reusable milk bottles.

Well, the park's owners, Karen Bellew and Gary Tong, are now going even greener with some down-to-earth eco-initiatives.

Here are some of the clever, cost- saving ideas in action at the newly named Invercargill Kiwi Holiday Park: The communal facility known as The Barn, which was rebuilt following a fire last year, features a kitchen built by Gary and incorporates a wool press island bench and recycled fence rails from a former horse paddock on the property. The use of recycled materials meant the kitchen was completed for a fraction of the quoted cost of a new kitchen.

Also in The Barn, second-hand Axminster carpet has been edged for rugs, second-hand retro furniture has been mixed with new, and the stunning Kiwiana artwork is actually framed tea towels.

Making it easy for guests to recycle is a major focus, so Karen and Gary have used photos and symbols on recycling containers, and always leave some items in each recycle bin, so guests have a live example of what goes where. They've also provided four different recycling stations around the small park to make recycling super convenient.

Guests are encouraged to collect the warm-up water from showers in the "garden buckets" provided, and this water is recycled onto the garden.

The recently refurbished tourist flats have used second-hand carpet, furniture and utensils, everything down to the crockery, glasses and cutlery.

The mainly international guests who visit the park say they love all the eco-friendly initiatives, which also save money and help with the Qualmark assessment too. The park has been awarded a Qualmark Enviro Award Silver. For more waste information, contact your local council or environment centre.

* To join Wastebusters, email: southlandwastebusters@gmail.com

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