Business North Dec / Jan 2022

| 41 Whangarei: Northland Waste Ltd DEVELOPMENT Future of Northland Waste awaits Richard Loader The structure floor is just over 750sqm, with an additional 800sqm of concrete yard for storage. FOR ALL YOUR TIMBER, HARDWARE & BUILDING SUPPLIES WARKWORTH Timber • Poles • Fencing & Decking Frames & Trusses • Retaining Wall Timber Hardware • Plumbing & Bathroom Insulation + MUCH MORE! 16 State Highway 1, Warkworth P: 09 425 1021 | E: MANGAWHAI 188 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai P: 09 431 4963 | E: WE OFFER A FULL RANGE OF SURVEYING SERVICES INCLUDING: • Rural and Urban Subdivisions • Boundary Adjustments • Boundary locations for Fencing • Site Surveys for Contour Plans • Construction Set-Out (09) 425 7393 | 23 BERTRAM STREET, WARKWORTH | Warkworth Surveyors congratulate Northland Waste on their new premises After a four-year journey, Northland Waste Ltd expects to open a high-tech, purpose-built, under cover facility in November, providing the wider Warkworth community with a much needed waste diversion/recycling facility. While land for the new facility in Sandspit Road was secured in 2018, the first sod was turned March 2021 with foundations laid in April. Built with the future in mind, the structure floor where Northland Waste’s teams will sort and divert waste is just over 750m2 with an additional 8000m2 of concrete yard for storage. “We envision our site will serve the district well into the future,” says Branch Manager Gordon Morrison. “Being indoor also opens up the opportunity for more waste recovery, as our teams are no longer exposed to the elements.” A key driver for the project was to provide the local community with a purpose-built facility with the capacity to process and handle construction, commercial, and demolition waste. Between 15,000 and 20,000 tonne of material will be processed each year. With significant expansion to Warkworth’s population and business development, especially in the commercial building market, one of the fastest-growing areas in New Zealand, it is expected the volume of materials being processed will continue to increase. Gordon says his team will now sort through, recover and reuse products that would otherwise go to landfill. “For example we will sort construction and demolition waste, repurposing the wood as a biofuel and plasterboard as fertiliser. “In addition, our company has a wood processing facility that can reuse much of this product as an alternative to coal in concrete reprocessing, reducing CO2 emissions from manufacturing and providing a valuable fuel source.” New initiatives at the site include green waste processing into compost, public drop off facilities for glass, paper, cardboard, plastics, tin and alloy and a partnership with Warkworth Hospice for reusable materials. “Our collaboration with the hospice is particularly exciting. “We’ve been a long-standing supporter of the Warkworth Hospice for many years and saw an opportunity for an innovative partnership with them. It’s a great way to divert products from landfills and help a great community cause. “Our partnership with them will see any products we think could be reused donated to the hospice shop in town so they can sell products through the shop and retain the revenue.” In addition to the new initiatives, the site plan consists of a new layout and covered area, which will make it easier and more convenient for the public to drop off material. “We’ve invested in some high tech additions for the project, which we believe will enhance our customers experience at the site. “For example, digital kiosk technology means our account customers will not have to wait long with number plate recognition technology automatically registering the transaction and improving site flows. “Thermal imaging technology for fire detection focused on the pit area is included in the design of the shed. ‘We’ve had experience in other sites where resource recovery centres can be prone to fires from the illegal disposal of lithium-ion batteries and other potentially flammable waste types.” Gordon says with a focus on sustainability “Our company has a wood processing facility that can reuse much of this product as an alternative to coal in concrete reprocessing.” Northland Waste has added an onsite, fully self-contained reticulated wastewater treatment to reuse all water on site. “It is a lovely site. The concrete makes the site very clean and the surrounding area is all going to be landscaped. “There are big bund walls that are all going to be planted which means it cannot be seen from the road.” Proudly New Zealand owned and operated, Northland Waste has been operating for just over 10 years. It is now the third-largest recycling and waste operator in New Zealand with eight branches located from Cape Reinga to Wellington.