For the fourth year running, Z’s annual Waste Warriors competition has come to a nail-biting conclusion.
The nationwide competition, designed to help Z service station teams reduce the amount of waste they produce through recycling and composting, has been running since 2013.
This year, the competition took into account not only what percentage of each site’s waste was recycled but also how much landfill waste was produced for every item sold, with Lois Dunwoodie, a site staff member from Z’s Brougham St service station in Christchurch, announced as the overall winner.
Lois’ overall recycling rate was an impressively high 97% over the three months, with 6.5kg of waste for every 1,000 items sold.
Z’s Sustainability Advisor, Judy Ryan, said the competition has gone from strength to strength over the last four years.
“This year, more than a third of our Z service stations across the country took part in the competition, collectively recycling more than 270 tonnes of waste over the three-month long competition.
“Using less and wasting less is just one of our areas of focus in the sustainability space, and it’s been great to see our retailers and site teams really getting into action where it matters most.”
Waste Warriors winner, Lois, said her top tip for success really came down to getting her team mates on board.
“That, and they know that I like to keep them on their toes by checking the rubbish bins each morning to make sure they’re recycling anything and everything they can.”
Securing a close second place in this year’s competition was Kulbinder Singh from Z Grove Rd in Blenheim, who managed an overall recycling rate of 89% with a mere 4.2kg of waste for every 1,000 items sold.
Rounding out the top five were Steve Campbell (Z Woolston), Annu Patel (Z Northcote) and Kieran Abelen (Z Redwood). Their recycling rates varied from 79% upwards, with all three producing less than 13kg of waste for every 1,000 items sold.
For more information on Z’s commitment to a sustainable future, check out http://z.co.nz/about-z/sustainability/