Pilot business waste audit held in Matamata-Piako

Businesses in the Matamata-Piako are working towards reducing their rubbish and recycling in a bid to help Matamata-Piako become more environmentally friendly.

Nine businesses in Matamata-Piako have joined Matamata-Piako District Council, Transition Matamata and consultancy firm Waste Watchers Ltd to perform a pilot waste audit and assessment.

The purpose of the assessment is to evaluate whether recycling services should be extended to businesses and if there is a demand for a composting system.

“Waste minimisation is an important focus for Matamata-Piako District Council,” said MPDC Group Manager Fiona Vessey. “Using the data collected from the audits will provide a really clear vision for how we can improve our services and send less waste to landfill and refuse transfer stations – not only for business, but district wide.

Fiona said New Zealand is a very young country in terms of how it can independently reuse, reduce and repurpose rubbish, organic matter and recycling and it’s a conversation that involves everyone – not just environmental groups and households.

Businesses included in the audit include:

  • Baigent Motors, Stanley Group and The Red Barn in Matamata
  • Anexa FVC, Cooper Aitken and Paper Plus in Morrinsville
  • J.T. Carter Plumbers, Te Aroha Tractor and Garden Machinery and Villa Nine Health and Coffee Shop in Te Aroha

The results of the audits will be presented at public meetings, called “Turning the Tide on Waste” at three locations around the district. Participating businesses will offer their feedback on the audit process and waste minimisation experts will also discuss broader issues facing New Zealand including single use plastic, styrofoam and other packaging, tyres and e-waste.       

  • Te Aroha: 28 May, 5.15pm at the Silver Ferns Event Centre
  • Matamata: 29 May, 5.15pm Matamata-Piako Civic and Memorial Centre - Tainui Room
  • Morrinsville: 30 May 5.15pm Westpac Event Centre (upstairs)

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