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Published: 2001-05-01 00:00:00

About 120 Bay of Plenty businesses are now saving money and waste through The Waste Exchange, a free service which puts industries in touch with people who can use their waste products.

The Waste Exchange has been operating in the Bay for nine months.

Pig farmer Graeme Fair obtained 200 litres of honey waste from local health firm Comvita for his pigs. The pigs loved it and although the product is not always available, Comvita now have a contact who can use the waste honey, rather than disposing of it.

The Waste Exchange has also helped a Rotorua farmer to find 200 tyres to weigh down his silage stacks. A recently registered Tauranga firm, Dominator Doors, has flexible foam plastic sheets as a waste product, which is ideal for reuse in packaging. The Waste Exchange is currently investigating possible businesses who could re-use this product.

Waste Exchange co-ordinator Pippa Russell says the aim is to divert waste from landfill and save companies money. The Exchange’s website, '', has had 5092 hits since November and has proved to be a successful tool for small to medium businesses.

"It gives businesses the opportunity to work on waste outside businesses hours."

The website is also free to use, and those businesses without internet access can register by phone on 0800 NO THROW (0800 668 4769).

The Waste Exchange is supported by Environment BOP and local councils.