Frucor Suntory has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Auckland Council to clean up a section of the Puhinui stream behind their distribution centre in Wiri for a year.
By signing the MOU, Frucor Suntory has committed to undertake regular waste walks along the stream and walkways to collect and dispose of litter, planting days to improve water quality and the ecosystem, and scheduled weeding of the area to support plant growth.
Frucor Suntory Head of Sustainability, Ben Walkley says the interest in participating from people in the business has been fantastic.
“Shortly after signing the MOU with Auckland Council, we had our first ‘Stream Team’ ready to go – with rubbish bags, gloves and litter pickers in hands!”
After just two hours, the team collected more than 50 bags of rubbish weighing in at 15.5kgs.
“We’re proud to be part of the local Manukau community and want to ensure we’re giving back to our local area by playing our part in addressing the healthy ecosystem around us.
“The protection of this area will encourage the regrowth of many native plants, and the return of birds and species in the stream like long and short finned eels – something the Puhinui has been known for since being settled by Māori.
“I look forward to seeing the impact we’re having and sharing our progress over the coming months.”
Frucor Suntory is also working with the Canada Bay City Council in Sydney to commit to regular clean-ups in the area close to the company’s North Strathfield office, and to promote workshops organised by the Love Your Place Programme.