Ardern tours Visy site

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern toured Visy’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Auckland, New Zealand, last week.

Ardern was accompanied by the Minister for Environment, Hon David Parker, the Member for Maungakiekie, Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Member of Parliament for Tāmaki Makaurau, Hon Peeni Henare, Mayor Phil Goff and other Auckland City Council representatives.

Visy’s Auckland MRF recycles approximately 30 per cent of New Zealand’s kerbside recycling waste, and sorts paper and cardboard, plastics, glass, tin and aluminium into separate streams to be recycled and reused to make new corrugated boxes, glass bottles and containers and aluminium cans in New Zealand.

Representatives toured Visy’s Material Recovery Facility and inspected the recently installed $600,000 investment in plastic recycling infrastructure. Visy’s upgrade of plastic optical sorting equipment at its Auckland MRF was delivered in partnership with the New Zealand Government, Auckland City Council and Visy, and the project received co-funding through the New Zealand Government’s Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund. As part of the upgrades, Visy is partnering with the New Zealand Government and Auckland City Council on a $16 million upgrade to its paper and cardboard optical sorting equipment, ensuring cleaner streams of New Zealand’s recyclable kerbside material.

Visy’s new optical sorting equipment significantly improves the quantity and quality of New Zealand’s recycled plastics and keeps more plastic recycling in New Zealand instead of relying heavily on international markets. After the upgrades, over a third of all collected plastics will be recycled in New Zealand.

“Visy is committed to continuing to invest in New Zealand’s recycling and remanufacturing infrastructure over the coming decades and the company pledges to continue to create more well-paid, green collar, manufacturing jobs in New Zealand,” said Visy Executive Chairman, Anthony Pratt.

Further upgrades to Visy’s Auckland MRF will begin in 2022, and will improve paper and cardboard recycling—resulting in a 28 per cent increase in New Zealand’s recycling capacity.

These investments in plastic and paper come on top of Visy’s $30 million private investment at its glass bottle making facility in Penrose. Visy manufactures approximately 70 per cent of all New Zealand’s glass food and beverage containers, using recycled content. Visy’s $30 million investment facilitated the complete demolition and reconstruction of Visy’s glass furnace, ensuring the company will continue to make new glass bottles, in New Zealand from New Zealand’s recycled glass, for years to come.

“Visy congratulates Prime Minister Adern and her Government for its focus on recycling and remanufacturing in New Zealand,” said Pratt.

“Recycling is an important weapon against climate change and the New Zealand Government is to be commended for its support for practical environmental measures, like recycling, that all New Zealanders can participate in.”

Last year, Visy Logistics enlisted the expertise of Vawdrey Australia and Smedley’s Engineers in the unique design and construction of Performance-Based Standards–approved 30-metre A-double combinations.