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Published: 2005-02-10 00:00:00

Miles of shrink wrap sitting idle at Kinleith Mill in Tokoroa is now headed for a new life in Fiji.

The Carter Holt Harvey Mill used to use giant 250 kg rolls of shrink wrap with 8000 metres on each roll, but 18 rolls had been sitting around unused for four or five years after the machinery it was once used on was decommissioned.

After unsuccessfully trying to sell the wrap Environmental Co-ordinator for the Steam and Recovery Department Susan Mends registered it onto The Waste Exchange website. The service, funded by Environment Waikato, Environment Bay of Plenty and local councils, helps business to find alternatives to disposal of their wastes. Businesses register waste products with the Exchange which are picked up by other organisations finding a use for the products.

The 4.5 tonnes of wrap was sent to the Fijian Islands where it is to be used for separating fruit and vegetables being transported to New Zealand, Australia and the USA.