Recycling initiatives

Going green

The installation of a simple composter at Eastland Network triggered a chain of events benefiting both the environment and our staff health and wellbeing.

In an effort to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill from our Carnarvon Street office, we installed a composter at work. This got us thinking. If we were making our own compost, why not go a few steps further and build a garden to grow fresh veges?

Network office coordinator Christine O'Dwyer attended a composting course at the Tairāwhiti Environment Centre. She then set up a system collecting kitchen scraps, which are transferred to the large composter outside. As part of our commitment to healthy eating, Eastland Network provides fresh fruit to staff so there are always plenty of fruit peelings.


We’ve also established two gardens at our Carnarvon Street HQ using recycled materials.

The higher, smaller garden was built by Rowe Mason and Rob Graham in the workshop using an old square pole that was found in the yard. The longer, lower garden was a team effort put together one Friday afternoon. It was built with old crossarms that came off power poles that had been changed out in the field due to age.

Eastland Network regulatory and pricing manager Tomas Kocar is passionate about reducing landfill waste. He was also involved in both building and planting the gardens.

“As well as encouraging our staff to take some time out and chat to one another while doing a bit of weeding, it also provides a positive talking point. This leads to a bigger conversation about what we’re doing to look after our mental and physical health.”

Recycled power poles

Old Eastland Network power poles often find a new lease of life around the district. They’ve been donated and recycled into everything from horse jumps to security camera mounts.

The Friends of Rere group, for example, were setting up security cameras to help reduce poaching and stock theft in the area. They just needed some poles to mount the cameras on.

They got in touch with us and we cut several end-of-life power poles to length, then delivered them to site.

The recycling of the poles fits with our sustainability goals and we're always happy to help.
Contact if you’re interested in a few free poles for your community project.

Thumbs up for sustainability

The team at Eastland Network has a real focus on sustainability. So when we were ordering new PPE, we wondered if there was a way to recycle our old hard hats.

Answer: you’re never too young to learn about sustainability and safety!

 So we collected all our old hard hats and took them to Sticky Fingers Childcare and Education Centre. We had a chat about how important it is for Network crews to keep their angaanga safe when working around power lines, and what it’s like to help keep the lights on for Tairawhiti.