Waste collection in South and West Auckland is about to get a lot more colourful with the unveiling of a new EnviroNZ waste collection truck design in support of Cancer Society.
Today the team at EnviroNZ's Onehunga corporate office got a sneak peek of the new sunshine yellow and dark blue waste collection truck, featuring a giant Cancer Society daffodil. The truck is part of a new sponsorship relationship with Cancer Society Auckland Northland that will see EnviroNZ provide sponsorship to the Society over the next two years. The sponsorship will go towards funding research into the causes and treatment of cancer, as well as providing support services for people affected by cancer.
EnviroNZ managing director, Gary Saunders, says the 900-strong EnviroNZ team is proud to support a cause that touches the lives of
"Cancer does not discriminate. We all know someone who has been touched by cancer whether it be a family member, friend or colleague. EnviroNZ is proud to support Cancer Society and the incredibly important work they do in supporting Kiwi's living with cancer. We hope this will just be the beginning of a long-term partnership with Cancer Society," he says.
Cancer Society Auckland Northland Chief Executive, John Loof, says support from organisations like EnviroNZ is important in helping to support the Society's crucial work.
"We love the bright and beautiful truck and can't wait to see it out on the streets raising awareness for Cancer Society. Support from organisations like EnviroNZ helps us to continue to provide free practical support and care to people going through cancer treatment, fund vital cancer research and helps to reduce cancer for future generations."
The truck was unveiled at a fundraising event at EnviroNZ's corporate office today, the day before Daffodil Day on Friday 26 August.
EnviroNZ encourages everyone to give generously to street collectors for Daffodil Day, at their local ANZ branch or donate online at www.daffodilday.org.nz
In September this year, EnviroNZ completed its contracted work on the Rena clean-up. We've had a presence in Tauranga since offering our support to Maritime New Zealand on the 5th October 2011, when the MV Rena, the Greek owned container/cargo ship, ran aground on the Astrolabe reef.
Since then we've played a leading role in the clean-up, working alongside Maritime New Zealand, Oiled Wildlife Response Unit, Environment Bay of Plenty, Braemar Howells, Resolve Salvage & Fire and P&I Services.
Some of our clean-up work has included:
When you think about EnviroNZ, most people just imagine the rubbish or recycling truck coming down their street once a week. But our expertise is far broader than this, which is why we've been on-the-ground since day one, assisting other companies to play their part in helping to restore, as best as possible, the Astrolabe reef back to its original, prestine condition.
EnviroNZ was the first operator in New Zealand to generate electricity from methane gas produced from the degradation of waste in landfills. We started in 1992 at the Rosedale and Greenmount landfills in Auckland where we had 4 megawatts and 6 megawatts of generation capacity installed respectively.
Today we have 7 megawatts of generation capacity installed at our Hampton PARRC (power and resource recovery centre) facility in the North Waikato, where we produce sufficient electricity to power 5,000 households.
Landfills produce methane gas as a result of the natural anaerobic decomposition of organic refuse. In today's modern landfill, this gas is managed to ensure safety and protect the environment. The gas is extracted from the landfill under vacuum via a reticulation network and used to fuel engines that generate electricity. Any extracted gas not used to generate electricity is flared.
At Hampton PARRC the electricity produced is transmitted under the Waikato River to Bombay, where it enters the national grid.
The production of gas within landfills typically increases as refuse is placed and then peaks shortly after the landfill's closure. This is followed by a slow decline over subsequent years. The commercial lifetime of a landfill gas field is typically 10 to 20 years from closure. We still generate approximately 1 megawatt of electricity every hour from the closed landfill at Greenmount some 10 years after its closure.
EnviroNZ is extremely proud of the role we have played in developing innovative gas to energy technology in New Zealand.
Four of the seven gas engines at
EnviroNZ Corporate Office
345 Neilson St, Onehunga,
Private Bag 92810, Penrose,
Phone: 09 636 0350
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