In the Office

Much of the work involved in screen production is office-based. As with any business there are environmental impacts associated with the day-to-day activities of an office. These are usually energy use, transportation, waste generation in particular electronic waste, and water consumption. Screen production offices are no different. Below are suggestions for improving the sustainability of your office.

Waste and recycling

Measure the amount of waste going to landfill and know what waste you produce by undertaking a waste audit.
Set targets for diverting waste from landfill and provide regular feedback to staff on progress.
Provide staff with adequate facilities for recycling paper, glass, aluminium, plastic and cardboard.
Raise staff awareness about recycling facilities in the office and on location.
Collect organic waste and convert it to compost in a composting bin or worm farm.
Support products with recycled content over those made from virgin materials.
Ask suppliers to take back packaging for large items such as computers and furniture.
Where possible reduce, repair and reuse materials - recycle as a last option.
Recycle printer cartridges.
Recycle redundant computers, monitors and printers.
Return redundant mobile phones, batteries and paint to retailers for recycling.
Dispose of any hazardous waste safely.

Burning and burying waste result in methane and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, two of the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Aside from climate change other environmental impacts of burning and burying waste include air, water and soil contamination and a loss of productive land for landfills, not to mention the loss of resources that could have been reused or recycled. As consumers we need to broaden our definition of waste from the day to day items that we discard at work and at home, to include the waste that is created during the manufacture and processing of the products we purchase. The screen industry is a large generator of waste. Most of what we see on screen has been created for that purpose only and then disposed of e.g. set construction and demolition. For the screen industry to tackle waste consideration needs to be given to all production inputs at the pre planning stage with a focus on avoiding waste in the first instance.

Composting Organic Waste at South Pacific Pictures

A waste audit at South Pacific Pictures revealed that on average some 20 kg per day of organic waste, paper and other recyclable materials were going to landfill. Improved awareness and facilities for recycling and an on-site composting facility (worm farm) have helped South Pacific Pictures divert at least 50% of its waste from landfill and reduce costs waste disposal costs. The payback period for the cost of installing the worm farm was less than one year. The resulting compost is made available to staff for their home gardens.

X-men Origins: Wolverine

Wolverine was filmed in the Queenstown Lakes District, New Zealand in 2007. The production diverted an astounding 92% of its waste through:
•Recycling systems in the office, workshops and on set
•Recycling information printed on daily call sheets
•Food waste diverted to a local farmer for stock feed
•Confidential documents and printer cartridges recycled
•Water dispensers installed to refill water bottles
•Reusable plates and cutlery used on set by catering
•SPFX and construction materials recycled or reused
The Queenstown Lakes District Council and Film Queenstown have developed a Green Screen Guide and directory to assist film companies operating in the district to reuse, reduce and recycle their waste which can be accessed at

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