Cardboard recycling supports more sustainable packaging

The Warehouse Group (TWG) continues to play its part in providing more sustainable packaging solutions for Aotearoa. In partnership with Fullcircle, one of New Zealand’s leading paper recyclers, we are pleased to be able to contribute to the manufacture of paper board and packaging products for the local packaging industry.

TWG’s North Island Distribution Centre (NIDC) in Wiri, south Auckland, was a recent recipient of Fullcircle’s ‘Making a Difference’ award. The distribution centre last year (2018) recycled around 1.4 million kilograms of cardboard – part of its programme to reduce waste to landfill.

TWG Chief Sustainability Officer, David Benattar said the Fullcircle ‘Making a Difference’ award demonstrated the company’s commitment to improved environmental performance.

“Every tonne of cardboard recycled means one less tonne of waste that ends up in landfill. By diverting this ‘waste' from landfill TWG avoid the production of harmful climate change related emissions,” he said.

“This is a great result and more great work by our committed and passionate NIDC Team in Wiri, South Auckland,” said Benattar.

He said the company’s long history of waste reduction focused on using less and recycling more.

Fullcircle has been in the recycling business in New Zealand for more than 50 years. It is part of Oji Fibre Solutions which collects more than 260,000 tonnes of paper products every year and recycles 220,000 tonnes through its paper mills. The majority of its operations are based in New Zealand, where it is the major manufacturer of kraft pulps, packaging papers and a range of packaging products for local and global markets.

Oji Fibre Solutions is a leading producer of market pulp, paper and fibre-based packaging. Part of the Oji Group, a company focused on delivering environmentally sustainable products. Based in Tokyo, Japan, the Oji Group is the fifth largest pulp and paper company in the world, with 158 consolidated subsidiaries located in 17 countries worldwide.

In addition to its own efforts to reduce and recycle waste, The Warehouse is a founding member of the Public Place Recycling Scheme, which funds recycling bins and recycling services in public areas around the country. TWG are also members of the Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme due to recommence Monday May 20 in Auckland at 11 The Warehouse Group sites in addition to Countdown and Huckleberry Farms stores.

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