Illegal dumping is a nationwide issue. Most councils across the country are carrying out community-led cleanups in order to educate the general public so to minimise incidents of illegal dumping. Most of the rubbish seen at these dumping sites could be recycled, composted, or put out in the weekly rubbish collection. Chief Operating Officer of the Rotorua City Council, Dave Foster, says that the goal of the cleanups is to show the community they have these options.

To see an example of illegal dumping, check out this video by the NZ Herald that follows local TV personality, Kiri Danielle, as she visits Mt Ngongotaha and discusses the need to change people’s attitude towards illegal dumping.

On Sunday May 01st 2016 almost 2000 Aucklanders rallied together to clean up five tonnes of rubbish, 500kg of recyclables, and more than 200 shopping trolleys and 300 car tyres in South Auckland. The focus was on 10km of the Puhinui Stream to the foreshore, along with Otara Creek, all areas which lived up to their reputation as “urban dumping grounds”.

Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust operations manager, Lincoln Jefferson, claimed it as a record for the largest single environmental cleanup in New Zealand.

The management of waste is vital to keeping our Godzone country clean. And even though companies like Waste Management NZ Limited are investing in future-sustainable clean technology (some $300 million in the next 5 years,) all while recycling and processing over 1,000,000 tonnes of waste, we all need to play our part and make a conscious effort.

Recycling is big business all around the world today. if recycling is not done efficiently or New Zealanders don’t take ownership and responsibility for their own waste, recycling (or the lack thereof) is a costly mistake for our communities and the environment.

Recycling can be a profitable business model. Whether it is the processing old timber to be used as woodchips within local playgrounds or harvesting methane from green waste landfills that produce electricity, it all starts with critical data about waste collection and the materials that are delivered and collected from sites.

All resources (including waste) need to be quantified and therefore measured. Weighbridge scales are often the primary and optimal method to do this. By weighing the vehicle when it both arrives and departs, weight can be accurately monitored and measured in order to determine the input volumes that result in output profitability.

Weighbridge scales are the hardware that measures the weight, but it’s your weighbridge software that is the ticketing, billing, and material reporting solution for landfills, transfer stations, and material recovery facilities. Hardware is only as good as the software used to operate it. Consider your phone without software it has no way to function. Now, add a compatible operating system such as Android, iOS, Windows, Firefox, or Blackberry on this same phone. The phone works, it can achieve tasks and functions, but these functions will be limited by the operating system you chose to install.

It’s your weighbridge system software, not your weighbridge scale that delivers the opportunity for optimum control. The right weighbridge software delivers visibility and control; allows you to see your scales across multiple sites at once, offers features of manned and unmanned vehicle processing, in addition to gates, traffic lights, and control of other weighbridge scale peripheral devices easily.

It doesn’t matter the type of business. Whether it be forestry, waste management (waste collection or landfill), mining, crop, fertilizer production, or port containers, if your business employs a weighing station (and therefore a weighbridge scale), accurate measurements are key to the success to business profitability and sustainability requiring smart metrology software.

Metrology is the science of measurement. A weighbridge scale is a device to measure weight or calculate mass and it’s our WrightZone weighbridge software that takes these measurements in their most primitive level and adds key features and function of:

  • Transaction Recall
  • Consent Management Reporting
  • Inbuilt Auditing
  • Job and Order Management
  • Invoice production through to ERP Integration
  • Redundancy
  • Business critical operations

Click HERE to learn more about these features and to preview the WrightZone Weighbridge manual click HERE

What functionality should be considered as the standard for weighbridge software systems in Primary industries of waste, mining, agriculture, fisheries, and export or import? And, which functions create the greatest efficiencies in minimising business overheads?