The Full Package
It’s a confusing time in the world of compostables. There are varying rules about ‘what can go where’, and what packaging can be accepted at varying composting plants across the country. Like all other waste streams in New Zealand, compostable packaging can be problematic when disposed of in the incorrect way. It doesn’t belong in your general waste, and it shouldn’t go in your recycling bin.
The best option is a commercial composting facility. ‘But where should I put your compostable packaging if there isn’t a collection bin or a commercial compost facility nearby?’ We created ‘The Full Package’, which consists of two solutions that work in conjunction with each other to encourage the collection and disposal of compostable packaging correctly.
Since its launch in 2018 - we’ve supplied The Full Package collection bins to over 200 customers in Auckland alone, and now have bins available across the whole country. Our customers and partners put the bins out front – Encouraging a discussion around compostable packaging and providing consumers with an option to return packaging to participating locations. This is great for sites which have a compost collection company available to them.
We also needed another solution for customers who use our packaging and don’t have this collection option in their region - The Full Package - Return. This is where our second solution comes into play – a returns scheme for used compostable packaging. Once this waste is collected through our Full Package Bins, it can be bagged, packaged up, and sent right back to us. We’ll take care of the rest – ensuring it ends up in a commercial compost facility.
If you'd like to find out more about The Full Package, choose your region above or please get in touch by dropping us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
We recommend downloading The Full Package Toolkit, here you'll find everything you need to set up your own closed loop system for your business. Including Social Media assets, posters and even a Staff Briefing pack.
Plastic Recycling is broken
For a long time, our economy has been ‘linear’. This means that raw materials are used to make a product, and after its use any waste (e.g. packaging) is disposed of in landfill or incinerated. Since 1964 plastic production has increased twenty-fold, yet just 5% of plastics are recycled effectively. The plastics that are recycled can only be recycled once or twice before ending up in a landfill which can take centuries to breakdown, or ending up in incineration which emits 33 percent more fossil CO2 than gas fired power stations.
The take, make, dispose, method of manufacturing means that the raw materials and any waste associated with the production process are disposed of instead. While a linear economy produces a huge amount of unwanted, and sometimes dangerous landfill waste, it also puts a lot of pressure on the world’s plummeting resources as new raw materials need to be found and utilised.
The products of compost: Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen make up 99% of all organic molecules - the building blocks of all life. Will your salad container be repurposed into cos lettuce? Forget the rigidity of classic recycling, composting is part of the infinite, circular, cycle of natural life. More coffee cups were composted in New Zealand last year than have ever been recycled.