Recycling work

A journey of transformation

CentrePort continues to look for ways to improve its environment and operate more sustainably.

The award-winning Waste Minimisation Project has expanded and is now accepting third-party recycling.

The project repurposes significant quantities of waste concrete, steel and asphalt by crushing these valuable materials then recycling the crushed material into gravel fill.

Since August 2017 nearly 85,000 tonnes of hard materials have been recycled at the Kaiwharawhara Point plant. The fill created is being used on projects on Port. CentrePort is working with partners for recycled concrete fill to be used in other projects in the Wellington region. In total over 90,000 tonnes of hard materials (including concrete, asphalt, steel and glass) have been diverted from landfills.

Over the life of the programme to date, the material recycled at Kaiwharawhara Point has saved 4,310 hours of truck movements and achieved an estimated reduction in carbon emissions of 462 tonnes.

In the wider community, recycled glazing has been used for the new Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital and recycled concrete for new cycleways across the city.

The CentrePort Environmental Management System is a certified Toitū Envirocare gold standard programme.

The port is continuing to improve the systematic management of environmental risks, and also identify opportunities for improvements in areas like waste.

This is helping both CentrePort and the wider community and is recycling products that would otherwise go to landfill.

The new Shed 39 building has also utilised recycled materials – including the concrete recycled as part of the Waste Minimisation Project.

In addition, Shed 39 has reused former BNZ building materials – fitting out the premises with carpet, glass and light fittings.

Shed 39 Interior

Shed 39 Interior

Shed 39 Interior

Shed 39 Interior

CentrePort’s Waste Minimisation Project underpinned the approach to the demolition of the former BNZ building. The approach involved recycling 95 percent of materials (by weight) as explained in this news item courtesy of Newshub.

Carbon Reduction

CentrePort is always looking at ways to reduce carbon emissions – and a big one this year was the introduction of electric bomb carts.

The port already needed to replace its existing straddles and trucks with new equipment and this gear was available.

CentrePort is now buying an electric forklift in break bulk, and electric cars for the fleet.

The port continues to be on a journey of change and transformation – and will continue to look at tried and proven ways to reduce carbon emissions and increase efficiencies at the port.

“For the port and for our next generations we’ve got to leave the place better than it was when we arrived. It’s logical that we move away from fossil fuel, so we grab every opportunity we can to replace equipment that’s burning carbon,”

– Mark Thompson, General Manager Logistics.

Green Investment Fund

CentrePort is proud that its low-carbon regeneration programme was the first investment made by New Zealand Green Investment Finance.

In June, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw visited CentrePort to celebrate the launch of a partnership that will help the port continue to lower its carbon emissions.

New Zealand Green Investment Finance is supporting CentrePort with a $15m investment in our carbon-reduction initiatives.

The funds will help with the rollout of the fully electric truck and trailer container units, which are expected to be operational by the end of this year.

A successful investment in electrification, renewables and efficiency will help CentrePort to achieve its climate goals.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Centreport offices

“The investment in electric vehicles will have long-term benefits for the city, the community and the region. As well as helping to lower emissions, it makes a strong business case, as it will deliver a more efficient supply chain system with lower running costs,”

– Derek Nind, Chief Executive

The change this investment will bring about at CentrePort is exactly the type of innovative approach we need in order to meet our climate targets and leave behind a safer planet for our children and grandchildren.

“It shows how business and government can work together towards solving the problems that matter most to people, like the climate crisis.”

– Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw.