Environmental ProfileIn a joint project between Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), Film Queenstown and WOZ Productions, Wolverine became a case study for sustainable waste management practices.
The WOZ Productions Case Study combined the objectives of the Councils Waste Management Strategy and the principles of Greening the Screen. It allowed QLDC to investigate typical waste management practices in the film industry and identify ways in which the diversion of waste from landfill could be maximised.
Throughout the project, WOZ Productions allowed a QLDC waste management officer to observe, consult, improve and report on the waste management and recycling systems employed on location, and in the four largest Queenstown-based departments - the Production Office, Special Effects, Art and Construction and Main Unit Base.
On the basis that these four departments produced the greatest quantity of waste and also the most harmful waste types they were monitored to:
audit waste streams,
assess quantities of waste and recyclables produced,
review current methods of waste disposal, and
identify opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle throughout the production.
During the production of Wolverine, approximately 670 tonnes of waste was produced across the four departments.
Using established recycling systems, and adding new systems where necessary, an estimated 615 tonnes of this waste was diverted from the landfill, resulting in an outstanding 92% diversion rate and costs savings of $55,000.
Efficient recycling systems setup in all areas
Solvent based paint collected and recycled
Food waste became chicken feed
Car batteries to recycling centre
Water bottles refillable
Reusable crockery and cutlery
Organic and reusable construction materials used
Green reusable bags for runners
Fabric and clothes donated to Salvation Army
Call sheets sent electronically to all offset crew
Excess timber, turf and plants donated to local residents and land owners
Water based paint donated to local school
Biodegradable coffee cups
Engines off when idle
Supportive heads of department