It gobbles up Tauranga's untreated waste wood and converts it into animal bedding for the dairy industry, garden mulch, commercial motorway mulch and playground bark.
The gobbler is a new $288,000 wood grinder which was bought by Tauranga based Goodwood Ltd with a grant from the government's waste minimisation fund.
This morning Coromandel MP and associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson and Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller were at the company to see the wood grinder cranked up.
“There is a significant volume of waste wood deposited into landfill in Tauranga, an estimated 44 tonnes per week of this untreated timber that could be recycled,” says Scott.
The new grinder enables a four-fold increase in production, meaning Goodwood can process bigger volumes of waste wood that would normally be sent to the tip.
“In April alone the company received 40 tonnes of old kiwifruit boxes alone,” adds Scott.
The company also received a further $79,000 to increase the efficiency of its wood processing and reduce production costs. It'll also enable the company to recover waste wood across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions.
The government's waste minimization fund is funded by a levy of $10 per tonne charged on waste disposed at landfills. More than $6 million has been awarded to more than 100 projects like the Goodwood wood grinder.