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One of the companies making a huge impact on reducing waste in Dunedin are the Hall Brothers Recycling and Transport group of companies.
In the last financial year, the company saved 35,000 tonnes of rubbish going to the landfill by turning this into reusable material for use in sub base and earth works/backfill.
Machinery was bought to help items be recycled, and people have started to throw less away, he said.
It's important to look at what each product could be reused for, rather than creating a product with just a single/one time use.
Hall Brothers Transport and Recycling is passionate about recycling, and in 2006-07 a banded beast was purchased, which can turn large trees into mulch and composting to help with waste minimisation.
Concrete recycling gear and screens were also purchased in later years.
Recycling is a worldwide issue and something each Dunedin household needs to do, he said.
"If we all work as a team to recycle as much as we can, it benefits the whole city.''
An easy way for households to get involved was to stop contaminating kerb-side recycling by putting the wrong types of plastic into the recycling bins.
It's important to think about the end use of each purchase, and how much reusability there is with each item and what to do with any packaging it comes in.
Since then, the company has expanded from just one digger and truck, to more than 100 trucks, diggers, and associated gear.
Doug and the team can demolish and clear asphalt, and recycle it into new roading projects.
For more information, give them a call on 477-1141.