New name, same vision

Miriama Tei and Josh Johnson celebrate Southland disAbility Enterprises changing to Recycle South with general manager Hamish McMurdo. Photo: Supplied

THE name is changing but the values and vision will remain the same as Southland disAbility Enterprises takes on Recycle South as its new identity.

Recycle South general manager Hamish McMurdo said Recycle South was the fresh, new name for Southland disAbility Enterprises.

“The name Recycle South reflects both the work we do now and the future opportunities we see here.

“We do a large portion of Southland’s domestic recycling, we are keen to expand our operations in the commercial sector,” Mr McMurdo said.

The Southland-based charity organisation processes kerbside recycling for Invercargill City Council and Southland District Council.

It also has an e-waste recycling department which caters for digital and mechanical recycling and a recycling collections service for Southland businesses.

Previously the charitable group was frequently confused with services providing services or products for disabled people.

The business model, vision, and values would remain unchanged, but the new name better reflected what they did, he said.

“We want to become the one-stop recycling place for Southland.”

Recycle Southland employs 110 people at its Ettrick St plant in Invercargill.

“The passion we have for enriching the lives of those living with disability through offering meaningful employment and personal development is still very much at the heart of who we are.

“We’re progressive and forward thinking, seeking better environmental solutions where possible. Our operation is a fantastic way to look after both our local community and the local environment.

It has been operating in Invercargill for the past 30 years and has held the Invercargill City Council recycling contract for the past 12 years.

The centre was closed in recent months because of Covid-19 restrictions but had recently reopened again to the public.

It had continued to accept all the materials listed on the Waste Net Guide website, including e-waste which could be dropped off at the site.

However, Mr McMurdo wanted to remind the public it did not accept greenwaste, clothing, general rubbish or medical waste of any description.