Presenters: Mike Sammons, FoodstuffsNZ & Sam Bridgman, Jacobs

Presentation title:  Foodstuffs NZ: Pak’n’Save waste and money for a New World

Foodstuffs NZ is a New Zealand owned and operated cooperative that is most well-known for its two major brands PAK’nSAVE and New World supermarkets. There are 187 PAK’nSAVE and New World supermarkets throughout New Zealand generating an estimated 6,000 tonnes of material for recycling and disposal per month (72,000 tonnes per annum) which is equivalent to a town of over 120,000 people. The vast majority (80-90%) of this is potentially recyclable. In 2012 there was an opportunity to develop a new method for the organisation to manage its waste streams and make significant inroads into waste minimisation volumes. The unique nature of the cooperative meant that any solution would need to incentivise and reward all parties that take part those being each individual store (all 187 of them), Foodstuffs head office (with a national overview) and the waste service providers. To get to this point would require a fundamental rethink about how each store manages and minimises its waste, the contractual frameworks at a store and national level and the waste service provider’s service offering. Reaching an acceptable point for all parties with regards to contracts, performance, and cost required a strong collaborative process from day 1 of the project. If any part was not acceptable to any one party, then the arrangement would not work. Through a collaborative process an outcome was reached that incentivises all parties to work together to minimise waste. This paper will describe the collaborative process, its development, implementation and outcomes. There are a number of lessons that are applicable to all aspects of waste management in New Zealand about how collaboration and new ways of thinking can deliver both significant economic and environmental benefits for all parties involved.

Event: WasteMINZ Conference 2014

Date: Tuesday 22 October 2014