Hamilton daffodil sellers Clandon Daffodil and their customers have come up with ways to recycle plastic bags twice over.
Clandon Daffodil owners Ian and Marian Riddell and Bronwyn and Graham Clandon, contacted The Waste Exchange, a free database service supported by Environment Waikato and Environment Bay of Plenty for businesses with waste products to exchange.
The company found surplus plastic bags from Cryovac and buckets from Mr Baker. The plastic bags were originally manufactured for the dairy industry but could not be recycled because of paper labels. Clandon Daffodil used the plastic bags for their stall on the side of Gordonton Road and customers filled the bags with sweetcorn.
Marian Riddell says the plastic bags helped them sell more sweetcorn due to their generous size. Some customers reused the bags for rubbish bin liners and some are even returning the bags to Clandon Daffodil. The buckets from Mr Baker were used for sorting daffodil bulbs, and also as a hood to protect the flowers.
“The Waste Exchange has just been so good. We’re really into recycling and if it doesn’t cost money then it’s even better,” Marian Riddell said.
Dairy company leftovers have also been turned into tasty treats for some Mangakino pigs.
Farm stay owner Tracey Nielson found a 200-litre drum of glucose concentrate from Edgecombe’s Fonterra plant on the Waste Exchange to use as pig food. Tracey’s farm stay is home to pigs, goats, sheep, cows, rabbits, cats, dogs and guinea pigs. Visitors to the farm stay will be able to feed glucose to the pigs, giving them a diverse diet.
Businesses who wish to use the Waste Exchange Service can call (0800 NO THROW) 0800 668 4769 or visit their website on www.nothrow.co.nz(external link).