New logo and new space for Go Eco

Waikato News - - NEWS - Ge­off Lewis

What used to be the Waikato En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre based at Five Cross­roads is now Go Eco and has taken over the his­toric Frank­ton Post Of­fice in Hamil­ton.

It has plans to ex­pand Kaivo­lu­tion — its flag­ship food res­cue pro­gramme to Cambridge and Te Awa­mutu.

Kaivo­lu­tion col­lects ed­i­ble but un­sellable food from donors in­clud­ing su­per­mar­kets, cafes and bak­eries, which is sorted into boxes and de­liv­ered to char­i­ties and clients in Hamil­ton.

Over the 32 months since its in­cep­tion the ini­tia­tive has col­lected and de­liv­ered about 300 tonnes of food which may oth­er­wise have gone to waste.

Go Eco gen­eral man­ager So­nia Furs­don said ar­range­ments had been made with the Count­down su­per­mar­kets in Cambridge and Te Awa­mutu, along with the Vo­lare Cafe and Emma's Food Bag, to un­der­take a daily col­lec­tion of sur­plus food for dis­tri­bu­tion to lo­cal char­i­ties.

In its new Frank­ton home Go Eco is also close to the St Vin­cent de Paul Frank­ton soup kitchen and pro­vides the sur­plus food it col­lects to about 60 char­i­ties each week with the main re­cip­i­ents be­ing the Western Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and Women's Refuge. The ser­vice will get a larger cus­tombuilt chiller, another de­liv­ery van and a fork­lift, Furs­don said.

Also based in the new premises will be the cen­tre's eco-shop, seed and cur­tain library, en­vi­ron­men­tal in­for­ma­tion ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre and elec­tron­ics re­cy­cling de­pot.

Furs­don said the cen­tre needed larger premises to help grow its pro­grammes.

“The move is prompted by the grow­ing au­di­ences at our events and work­shops. More peo­ple are choos­ing to do the right thing and re­cy­cle their e-waste with us. Kaivo­lu­tion has con­tin­ued to ex­pand its food re-dis­tri­bu­tion op­er­a­tions.

“The new space will be home to our team of ed­u­ca­tors, in­sti­ga­tors and ac­ti­va­tors and will let us hold larger events, a greater va­ri­ety of work­shops, and of­fer com­mu­nity groups ac­cess to an im­proved meet­ing space. We're very close to the Western Rail Trail and pub­lic trans­port and there's bet­ter ac­cess for vis­i­tors, vol­un­teers, and our food res­cue and e-waste trucks.”

The new brand Go Eco was adopted partly to avoid con­tin­ual con­fu­sion with the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil, pre­vi­ously En­vi­ron­ment Waikato, and to bet­ter rep­re­sent the group's ethos as an ac­tive cat­a­lyst for change, she said.

Open­ing month for Go Eco will be the Hello Frank­ton se­ries of work­shops and events in­clud­ing a bot­tle drive on Au­gust 12 to sup­port the na­tional Con­tainer De­posit Scheme cam­paign. This is de­signed to bring to the at­ten­tion of Govern­ment the need to have con­tain­ers that can be re­cy­cled and re-used — and kept out of the waste stream.

The new-look Go Eco opened on Satur­day July 22.

Photo / Ge­off Lewis

Go Eco work­ers Kelli Pike and Hans Ver­berne with gen­eral man­ager So­nia Furs­don out­side new premises in the for­mer Frank­ton Post Of­fice.

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