Commercial waste makes up 86% of the 1.6 million tonnes that Aucklanders send to landfill each year, but one person’s waste can be another person’s resource, and EcoMatters is helping businesses turn trash to treasure. Through our free Waste Brokerage Service, we’re re-homing business waste materials that other organisations can reuse. This helps you save money on landfill fees while giving back to community groups in need.
We can help you find ways to use resources more efficiently, save money on waste management, and bring new marketing opportunities. In doing so we’ll work together to take Auckland closer to the goal of Zero Waste by 2040.
Did you know?
In 2016, we sent 1.646 million tonnes of domestic and commercial waste to landfill – that’s more than one tonne for every Aucklander, as much as the weight of a polar bear! The shocking fact about that is that 65% of those materials could have been composted, diverted or recycled.
How businesses can contribute
If you own or work in a business, our Zero Waste Initiatives Leader, Sarah Jane (SJ) Murray would love to meet with you for a chat and see if we are able to help your business deal with your waste more effectively.
We know of lots of great projects and practical solutions to help divert resources from landfill. We understand that solutions need to be practical and realistic, and our approach is to come with ideas for action rather than preaching.
We know that businesses that look through a zero waste lens can drive resource efficiency, inspire innovation and make gains in productivity, as well as take care of our beautiful environment and people. We see this as a win-win for your business.
If you interested in having a coffee and chat with SJ, then please feel free to contact her at email@example.com or call her on 02102994328.
How community groups can help
The materials we collect need new homes. As part of this project, we’re building up a network of resource recipients who are able to put these materials to good use. We’re keen to hear from any community groups, schools, community gardens that are in need of resources or materials for projects.
From tahini buckets to DIY bokashi buckets
We have been working with the Massey Men’s Shed to convert used tahini buckets into DIY bokashi bins to support our Compost Collective community. We’ve also asked them for a ‘wishlist of items’ that they need for their projects, like hand tools, motors, plywood, chains, sacks, and corflute, to name a few.
If you have ANY items you need for community projects, no matter how small or large, then please contact SJ at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 02102994328.
Check what resources are currently available at Adopt a Resource
EcoMatters’ Waste Brokerage Service trial is funded by Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF).