We were stoked to have attendees from 30 Upper Clutha businesses join us for our joint business workshop with Lake Wānaka Tourism designed to tackle the issue of waste.

Over the course of the morning, we heard from four businesses who have already made inroads into managing their waste and made real and lasting changes.

Tyson Hunt, Assistant Manager at Glendhu Bay Motor Camp, told the audience of the measurable changes that tackling their waste streams had made. When comparing January 2023 with January 2022, he saw that they had more than doubled their mixed recycling, diverted over a tonne of food waste from their shared facilities and, during a period when visitor numbers were up 15%, their waste that went to landfill was down 10%. 

After a delicious morning tea from the Fedeli team, attendees broke off into groups to discuss practical challenges and solutions to reducing and minimising business waste before we joined together to go over these and come up with action points to help everyone on their way. 

The overarching message was clear: there’s strength in numbers, whether it’s in demanding change from suppliers or working together to establish a composting hub.

The energy and motivation were palpable and we’re excited to see what lies ahead for the region. Power to the people!