The Sydney Cricket Ground Goes Clean & Green with Method

How Method is simplifying corporate sustainability for an iconic Sydney sporting venue

 

One of the world’s most iconic sporting venues has plans to make their sporting precinct cleaner and greener than ever before, with the help of Method Recycling. Method’s most recent client, the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust and Allianz Stadium, host over “65 major sporting events every year, attracting close to two million fans through the gates. That equates to a lot of rubbish, food and glass that we have to manage,” said a SCG Trust spokesperson.

So far, SCG has installed Method Recycling Bins in their offices, members area and throughout the corporate suites, with the aim of engaging users to recycle, reduce the amount of waste going into landfill and ultimately, reduce carbon footprint.

With over 1,000 tonnes of waste generated annually, SCG’s current recycling rate stands at 65 per cent, but their efforts towards corporate sustainability don’t stop there. “We’ve set the bar at 75 per cent for next year with a long term target of over 90 percent for total resource recovery” said SCG spokesperson, William Konya.

Though originally designed with the commercial office market in mind, the flexibility of Method’s open plan recycling bins are proving to be incredibly effective in public and event spaces just like the SCG, as well as universities, schools, kindergartens and supermarkets. With features like the easily customisable design, the patented mechanism that locks and hides the plastic bin liner, and the connectors that lock the bins together to form a station, all combine to create a beautiful way to promote sustainability.

Steve and India at Method have spent three years crafting the perfect office recycling bin, with the purpose of simplifying the process of office recycling for clients like Sydney Cricket Ground Trust and Allianz Stadium. Looking toward the future of SCG and Allianz Stadium, William Konya says, “we’re committed to a sustainable future and this is a small step in the right direction.”  

Method Recycling will be showcasing some exciting NEW products at Total Facilities, from 29-30 March, at the ICC Sydney Darling Harbour, so please make sure you come down to meet the team at stand C4.

Elegant office waste recycling bins small part of Kathmandu sustainability strategy

Papa Kainga, Kathmandu Base Camp a five-star Green rated Building in Christchurch’s Innovation Precinct  

Papa Kainga, Kathmandu Base Camp a five-star Green rated Building in Christchurch’s Innovation Precinct  

Everyone has a part to play in waste recycling, rather than merely observing it,” says Oliver Milliner, Kathmandu Sustainability Coordinator.

“For our office-based staff, having slick looking easily identified bins encourages us all to think about how waste recycling works, and the small actions required to achieve it,” he says.

Kathmandu’s head office named Papa Kainga, a one year old five star green star rated building for efficiency and sustainability in Christchurch’s Innovation Precinct has installed Method Recycling’s 60 litre, 100% recyclable polypropylene bins. Three stations of three MR bins are strategically located on each of the headquarters’ three floors.

The colour-coordinated waste-stream bins are an aesthetically stylish way for Kathmandu staff to separate and sort paper, metals, glass, landfill and food scraps as the rubbish is created. In turn Method’s system makes it easy for cleaners to allocate the full bin liners to appropriate recycling streams.

Kathmandu’s adoption of Method’s New Zealand-made, modular system ties in directly with the sharemarket-listed company’s publicly stated and reported-against Sustainability Strategy.

Oliver Milliner a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) trained coordinator says the company works hard to continually reduce the social and environmental impacts of the manufacture, distribution and sale of its outdoor clothing and equipment.

It is the only Australasian company which backs these impacts by incorporating the Higgs Index. This is an apparel and footwear self-assessment standard for measuring environmental and social sustainability throughout the supply chain.

“Our sustainability strategy is the driver behind all the different areas of our business, and we use it across many different projects being carried out by our materials and projects teams,” says Oliver.

“Our annual Sustainability Report is investor facing, and communicates how we’re operating in those areas. It is also circulated widely within the business, and helps ensure that our strategy is used, assessed and incorporated across everything we do.”

He says that as an outdoors-oriented company, 

Kathmandu realises the importance of doing the best it possibly can to protect and enhance the environment in everything it does.

For example it ensures that cardboard packaging in its retail shops is recycled, while soft plastics such as bubble-wrap now joins a soft plastic recycling scheme to upcycled into the likes of park benches. Kathmandu is a member of the NZ Packaging Forum which aims to recycle and reuse glass, soft plastics and public place rubbish.

 
Method Office Recycling Station - out and proud as part of the communal workspace

Method Office Recycling Station - out and proud as part of the communal workspace

 

General waste bins ditched

When Kathmandu’s new office opened in early 2016, it originally had general waste bins, along with desk bins for individual workers.

The use of Method’s utility stations, including locations at each floor’s kitchen, means staff have to walk a small distance to sort their rubbish. “But it is not viewed as a huge problem,” says Oliver.

“It is all about engagement, awareness and communications. A few really passionate team members from our Customer Services team have really helped drive this awareness and reduction in the office. There a lot of education involved, a lot of internal communications. 

He says that Kathmandu is a member of the USA-based Outdoor Industry Association (which also has the likes of Patagonia, North Face and Colombia). This association meets twice-yearly to discuss, and share answers to the industry’s big issues. Oliver says Method’s answer to sorting office waste is elegant and easy - and will probably be mentioned at an upcoming association meeting.

“Method’s slick solution is part of our wider sustainability strategy and ethos,” he says.

“It enables us all to play a small role in reducing our individual footprint and living up to Kathmandu’s values.”

Method co-founder India Korner says Kathmandu’s use of its injection-moulded bins is a perfect example of an environmentally aware company making it possible for staff to do the right thing.

“The other advantage of our system is that in activity- based and collaborative workspaces such as Kathmandu’s, by taking away individual desk bins and enabling people to walk to our bins, you provide the opportunity for them to bump into each other,” she says. “That’s how new ideas are generated.”

Method’s bins also allow much more flexibility of design, and changing around of layout within an office. If special cabinetry needs to be built (which usually hides away other less attractive types of waste recycling bins), then any office changes are much more problematic says India. Method’s standalone bins (with lock together connectors) can adapt and grow with any office changes she says.

India says that Method’s bins are also liner bag agnostic, though colour coded liners (same at the bin lid) are available. No matter which liners are used, the patented mechanism which locks liners into place, and ensures no ugly liner overhang is another feature enjoyed by cleaners and staff alike.

She says Method’s system, developed using design-led principles, means no rubbish can get between the liner and the bin.

“We’ve made sure our system is infallible,” she says.

“It is good for Kathmandu , and good for us that we are able to help such a progressive company achieve its sustainability goals.”

Papa Kainga, 201 Madras Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

Papa Kainga, 201 Madras Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

2016 Westpac Business Growth Grant - Supreme Winner

The Westpac Business Growth Grants was set up in 2015 to help upcoming Kiwi businesses reach their potential by gifting them $40k cash and $10k to spend on advertising.

Applications were open to SMEs that had been operating successfully (with a turnover of anywhere up to $5 million) and have a plan to grow it. Over 430 applications came through, which the judges whittled down to 6, each of whom presented to a panel of industry experts.

We were announced the supreme winner of the Westpac Business Growth grant awards on the 14th September.

We were blown away with the award and will have a big impact on our business.

Impressed by Method’s strategic vision, governance structure, and clinical approach to their business development and the future
— Westpac’s GM Corporate & Institutional Bank and head judge Karen Silk

Lendlease HQ - Tower Three Opening at Barangaroo South

We have been involved in one of the most amazing commercial property developments in Australia. It is a 300,000 SQM project with a possible 16,000 people working in the three tower blocks. Sustainability is a core value of the development being carbon positive, 6 green stars and having zero waste to landfill by 2020. Here is a link to some press about the opening and the video has a bin cameo.

Misprint + Method - paper partnership

The Misprint Co is on a mission - turning used paper into beautiful notebooks. We are partnering in Wellington to use our bin packaging as a collection receptacle for non-confidential paper to be made into notebooks.

So how will it work? Our Wellington customers will receive their bins in our packaging, but with a special orange box. This box can be used to collect your non-confidential paper which Misprint will happily collect to repurpose into notebooks.

Misprint has made this cool video to explain.