Anamata (The Tip Shop). Photo/ Facebook

Tip Shop (Anamata) Goes Solar, Enhancing Island Recycling

The Tip Shop (Anamata), the island’s recycling facility is boasting a brand new solar power system, funded in part by the local board and Auckland Council climate grants, marking a sustainable shift from their previous reliance on a diesel generator.

Anamata (The Tip Shop). Photo/ Facebook

The Tip Shop (Anamata), the island’s recycling facility is boasting a brand new solar power system, funded in part by the local board and Auckland Council climate grants, marking a sustainable shift from their previous reliance on a diesel generator.

“We’re proud to support the Tip Shop (Anamata) in moving towards renewable energy. It’s a great fit for our commitment to sustainability and zero-waste.” Izzy Fordham, Chair of the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board, shares.

The new solar setup has already enhanced the shop’s operations. “The dishwasher we’ve added is a key part of our effort to eliminate single-use cups on the island,” says Brett O’Reilly, Director of Anamata. “It’s an efficient way to assist local businesses like the bakery with reusable mug circulation.”

A washing machine, powered by the solar system, is now increasing the reuse of clothing and household items. Brett notes, “We’re now able to wash and sell items that were previously discarded, significantly reducing waste.”

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Improved lighting in the Tip Shop has also made a noticeable difference. “Customers no longer need torches to shop; it’s brighter and more welcoming,” says Brett. This improvement has positively impacted sales and the overall shopping experience.

Additionally, the solar power runs essential equipment like balers, vehicle chargers, and enables testing of electronic items and operation of an upholstery washer for furniture.

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Pa Beach Cafe, 82 Blackwell Drive, Tryphena, Great Barrier Island (Aotea)

Aotea / Great Barrier Island has a goal of zero waste to landfill by 2040. To support this goal, the island has transitioned from the Claris Landfill to the Aotea Transfer Station, which transports all rubbish to the Auckland for processing. 

Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead, bring minimal packaging, and use reusable containers. There are no rubbish bins at campgrounds or DOC huts, so campers and trampers are expected to take their rubbish with them.

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Pa Beach Cafe, 82 Blackwell Drive, Tryphena, Great Barrier Island (Aotea)

Looking ahead, the Tip Shop plans to further utilize solar power for educational purposes, acquire an electric forklift, and explore sustainable solutions for managing noxious weeds.

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