There’s one question you should ask any potential waste management company: “What do you do with the waste?”
If they’re good (like us!) they’ll dispose of it in an ethical and sustainable manner. If they’re not good, they could be cutting corners (or costs) by dumping it on the ground and letting the liquid seep away, dumping down the nearest manhole without prior approval, declaring it as non-contaminated at the treatment plant to get a cheaper cost, dumping on farmland without resource consent or dumping in a river. The problem with any of these options is that the waste will eventually make its way into a waterway, causing harm to native animals and plant life. Plus, no one wants to swim, eat fish or drink from water sources that have waste poured into them.
If you are producing waste that needs to be moved, even if it’s just stormwater from your car park sumps, you are the owner of that waste until it is disposed of properly. If it is illegally dumped and can be tracked back to you then you can be implicated in any legal proceedings. Therefore, the only way to protect yourself is to ask questions. If you aren’t using HydroVac, ask where your current provider is taking your waste. If they can’t provide proof, then call us!
When you have waste picked up by HydroVac, you have peace of mind that it will be disposed of in an ethical manner. Septic and spill waste is disposed of at a Council-approved treatment plant, and waste from building and construction jobs is disposed of at a Council-approved receiving facility.
Where possible, our very first port of call for Auckland waste is our own recycling plant, which separates waste into rock, metal, sand, mud and water. These valuable byproducts are all recycled and used for other means, including drainage, roading and landscaping. The recycled water is used to supply our HydroVac trucks. You can find out more about our custom-built recycling plant HERE. To our knowledge, we are the only hydrovac company that has our own custom-build recycling plant for waste.
We don’t have our own treatment plant in Christchurch yet, but we use the next-best option: everything is taken to Council-approved facilities, and proof of disposal is available at any time, even for loads that happened in the past.
As a business, it’s important for us to do the right thing and that means spending money on the proper, sustainable options for waste disposal, helping to ensure our drinking water and waterways stay as healthy as possible.