Fullers360, Auckland's leading ferry operator, has launched a commercial composting programme across all its fleet of vessels and is implementing a comprehensive communications programme to educate staff and customers on what goes in each bin.
Fullers360 connects locals and visitors to the Hauraki Gulf, employing around 350 staff, with offices in numerous locations, including downtown Auckland and Waiheke Island.
Many Fullers360 vessels have onboard cafes. The single item that contributes the most waste are single use coffee cups, which are in fact made of commercially compostable material, explains Sustainability Advisor, Lucinda Clark.
This presented an opportunity to reduce waste to landfill by finding a more sustainable end of life the multitude of coffee cups.
"We began working with our waste management partners, Rubbish Direct, and bin provider partners, Method Recycling to find suitable solutions for our particular business model. The result are bin stations, including a landfill bin, recycling bin and organics bin.
"We expected to see a significant decrease in the amount we send to landfill as we shift our non-recyclable waste to compostable."
Lucinda says they are communicating with customers through a range of channels to get them on board with our bin stations and how to use them correctly:
"We have been working closing with our waste management partner Rubbish Direct to monitor the shift from landfill to compost," says Lucinda.
"It's estimated that 85% of the waste generated goes in the organic bins rather than landfill - 80% of waste produced is from compostable packing from the onboard café and 5% food waste.
"During peak season and with increased customer awareness, we have found the organics bins are filling up faster than expected, showing positive progress and creating the need for extra organics disposal."
This initiative aligns with Business Commitment 13 - businesses have waste reduction and management programmes.