Upper Hutt to showcase Envirocomp's proven environmental initiative with a new nappy composting plant that will service the urban Wellington region.
Upper Hutt City Mayor Wayne Guppy joined National MP (Christchurch Central) Nicky Wagner and Envirocomp Founder Karen Upston to dig the first footings for Envirocomp's second site. The company launched its first commercial plant-able to compost all brands of disposable nappies, incontinence, and sanitary waste-in Canterbury in 2009. Envirocomp has now received a contribution of $700,000 from the Waste Minimisation Fund to help build a world-class sanitary hygiene composting facility in Upper Hutt.
Karen Upston said that the key to Envirocomp's success is the collaboration between local and central government and industry. "The business model for Envirocomp is predicated on partnerships with local government and industry and I would like to thank Mayor Guppy for Upper Hutt City Council's support in securing a location for the plant and Kimberly-Clark NZ (which markets HUGGIES Nappies) for their continued sponsorship of Envirocomp. HUGGIES has been with us from the start, and we are very proud that they are now a global partner for Envirocomp."
"As well as building a showcase facility here in Upper Hutt, we are also investing in new technology to collect sanitary hygiene waste. We are installing specially designed 'drop-off' bins around the region where families will have secure access to deliver their pre-paid bags of nappies or sanitary hygiene waste. This means that people don't have to wait until collection day to remove their waste, but can drop it off when it is convenient for them to do so. We will also collect directly from commercial customers, such as residential care homes and preschools. These services for households and businesses in the urban Wellington region will start from the 25th of June."
Mayor Guppy welcomes the investment in the city, "We are excited that Envirocomp and Central government are displaying confidence in Upper Hutt as a location of choice for new business. This demonstrates that our focus on business development is starting to pay off. We are also very pleased to be a part of an initiative that will contribute to the long-term benefit of the environment."
Nicky Wagner, MP Christchurch Central said, "This has been a huge achievement by a small start-up business bringing together Kiwi technology with HotRot Organic Solutions, a global manufacturer Kimberly-Clark and local councils, first in Canterbury and now in the Wellington region. It is also something that as a Government we have been delighted to support through the Waste Minimisation Fund."
The market size for sanitary hygiene products in Urban Wellington is similar to that in Canterbury with 7,432 tonnes of sanitary hygiene products disposed of in landfill each year. The new plant will initially compost 1,300 tonnes per annum, with the capacity to quadruple in size, growing with demand from customers. The Canterbury plant has processed 2,500 tonnes-equivalent to 13.7 million nappies into compost since it opened.
Research shows that nappies make up the bulk of the total sanitary hygiene waste in Wellington, but the volume of adult incontinence products is growing. Currently 42% of the total sanitary hygiene waste generated in the region each year (3,121 tonnes) is adult incontinence products which are disposed of in landfill.
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