It took months of intensive development to create this recyclable paper packaging that would survive the transportation, merchandising and stocking process. However, the company knew how important this product would be for consumers because of the growing trend in sustainable living.

Packaging can reduce food waste in fresh produce

Packaging has got a crucial role to play in reducing food waste in fresh produce, researchers have argued.
27 August 2019

The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) has released research undertaken by RMIT and Empauer that indicates fresh produce packaging can help mitigate the estimated $20 billion of food lost or wasted in Australia every year.

The Packaging Forum
AGM & Industry Event 2019

The Packaging Forum invites members to join us as we discuss the Government’s proposal for consultation on priority product for single-use consumer plastic packaging and beverage containers. We’ll also hear from innovative companies working to make packaging waste free by 2025.
28 August 2019

Working together in a regulatory environment to make packaging waste free by 2025.

Speakers include Sam Buckle and Roderick Boys, Ministry for the Environment; Jerome Wenzlick, Future Post NZ; Jenny Marshall, WasteMINZ; Murray Kliskey, Tauranga City Council; Aaron Taylor, No Ugly; and Kate Bezar, Better Packaging Company.

Register to attend BY EMAIL.

T&G – Beekist

There’s a new buzz on the vine – Beekist say goodbye to plastic tomato punnets.
1 October 2018

Bee-pollinated tomato brand Beekist® is getting a packaging makeover and it comes in the form of cardboard, replacing their plastic punnets. The move will remove 5.5 million plastic punnets from supermarket shelves or 100 tonnes less plastic that Kiwis take home every year. This is part of T&G’s Growing Green commitment.

Read more: Beekist article

Wellington City Launches Recycling & Waste Technology

New recycling and rubbish bins are being installed around the Wellington CBD from today as part of a national “Let’s Put Litter in its Place” campaign.
25 June 2018

The new concept bins, manufactured in Wellington by AE Tilley, are the first in New Zealand to bring together a range of features to make it easier for people to recycle. These include national consistency about the colour of the bins; use of multiple languages and clear signage; as well as utilising technology to reduce overflow and make collection systems more efficient.

The campaign has been developed by The Packaging Forum which promotes recycling under the Government’s Love NZ brand and The Auckland Litter Prevention Steering Group which manages the Be a Tidy Kiwi brand. This is also supported by many councils around the country and the New Zealand Transport Agency and KiwiRail.

Richard Leckinger, Program Manager for Be a Tidy Kiwi says “The bins’ design owes much to the concepts developed by Wellington City Council to create “bin-frastructure”, which gets people to the bins and minimises contamination,” says Leckinger.

“In the past, bins have been designed to be part of the streetscape and blend in, when what we have needed are eye-catching bins that use the recycling and waste colours which have been agreed nationally.”

“The red rubbish bins book-end the recycling bins because this is proven internationally to reduce contamination with people typically using the first bin they come to if they are uncertain of whether something is recyclable or not. As well as introducing standard colours, pilot regions have also chosen signage including Chinese, Korean and Japanese as well as English and Te Reo.”

Lyn Mayes, Project Manager for The Packaging Forum says that one of the main reasons preventing organisations from installing recycling bins, is contamination, “Early signs from Queenstown Lakes, Marlborough and Tauranga are that volumes collected in the recycling and rubbish bins are higher than in “standard” bins and contamination levels in the recycling bins are lower,” says Mayes.

“An audit of these new bins in Tauranga by Waste Watchers found that only 14% of materials placed in the recycling bins were not recyclable, whilst 27% of materials placed in the rubbish bins were recyclable. If people don’t know whether their waste is recyclable it is better that they use the rubbish bin as a default – or they can check out what goes where on our Waste Time App.”

“Our houses and cars are getting smarter and so are our bins. Each recycling and rubbish bin has an EYEFI unit which provides an alert system to the collector so that they are emptied on demand not on a schedule. This improves the efficiency of collections particularly in tourist regions and where councils are servicing distant locations.”

Wellington City Council Mayor Justin Lester is pleased to see this pilot project being trialled in the capital as it aligns with the Eco and Dynamic Central City objectives proposed in Our 10-Year Plan.

“These smart bins will help us proactively respond to the environmental challenges of littering and reducing waste going to our landfill. It also supports our strategic vision of a Dynamic Central City as the bins and innovative EYEFI technology were developed by local manufacturers AE Tilley.”

The $2.4 million project has received $1.72 million funding from The Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund with a national advertising and consumer awareness campaign “Let’s put litter in its place – it’s just how we do things around here” supporting this investment in infrastructure.

Councils and organisations interested in being part of the next pilot programme should contact The Packaging Forum.

The “Litter Less Recycle More’ campaign brings together the Government’s Love NZ brand which is promoted by The Packaging Forum and the Be a Tidy Kiwi brand, which is managed by The Auckland Litter Prevention Steering Group.

The Packaging Word Newsletter – Winter 2018

Find out the latest news from The Packaging Forum
June 2018