Improve Production & Profitability through Innovative & Reliable Packaging Systems Stand alone equipment or integrated systems, Wedderburn have a solution that will do more for your productivity and profitability. ; In-Line Checkweighers ; Automatic Weigh Labellers ; Linear Scales ; Multihead Weighers ; Horizontal & Vertical Bagging Systems ; Custom Labelling & Packaging ; Technical Services for Installations, Repairs & Maintenance Nationwide Contact us today on 0800 800 379 or email@example.com and enjoy the convenience of working with someone local. 26 APRIL 2016 Learn how our automated packaging systems will enable you to achieve more 0800 800 379 Call now! www.wedderburn.co.nz FT044 PA C K A G I N G An innovative free national programme has launched in New Zealand to upcycle or recycle ‘un-recyclable’ plastic food storage waste such as sandwich bags into sustainable items. Each year, more than 250,000 tonnes of plastic waste is thrown away and disposed of in New Zealand landfills, and until now plastic bags and wraps could not be placed in municipal recycling systems. However the GLAD Food Storage Brigade, a collaboration between GLAD and TerraCycle, will change all that, meaning that creating a litter less lunch is now possible with the nationwide recycling initiative that will use a ‘collect, store and ship’ method. New Zealanders can now start collecting their GLAD food storage products in cardboard boxes or containers, claim their free shipping label from the TerraCycle website, then ship their waste items locally via NZ Post. There will also be public drop-off points. The plastic food storage products will be pelletised, then recycled into sustainable items such as park benches. Collectors will be awarded two cents per used GLAD food storage product sent in, which they can then redeem to go towards a not-for-profit organisation or charity of their choice. “The national programme is an exciting new initiative that has positive benefits for the environment by diverting waste from landfill and giving back to the community,” GLAD chief executive Stacey Mearns says. The first initiative of its kind in New Zealand, the programme can be used by individuals or groups. TerraCycle NZ general manager Anna Minns says the company, a world leader in development solutions for recycling ‘un-recyclable’ items, is also tackling other difficult-to-recycle waste streams with popular programmes for Visit www.terracycle.co.nz to learn more or to sign up to the Brigade programme. PLASTIC FOOD PACKAGING PROGRAMME WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU Here at New Zealand Food Technology, we welcome feedback, news, opinion pieces, letters to the editor and story ideas…because this magazine is your connection with the industry you’re passionate about. Letter to the Editor…what’s your reaction to the issues? Story Ideas…what’s happening out there? My Say…any topic you want on something interesting Lion’s Den…young food technologists with a great product New Food Exclusive…something you want to launch spectacularly New Staff Announcements…movers and shakers Events…both here and overseas All it takes is a phone call or email to editor Kathryn Calvert on firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 239 9634 to have your say.
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