We’re proud to of have been announced the winner of the DLA Piper Award for Investment between China and New Zealand at the NZCTA China Business Awards held in Auckland on Wednesday 31 May.
The award recognises innovation and successful investment between New Zealand and China. In June 2014, Beijing Capital Group (BCG) made the single largest investment by a Chinese company in New Zealand with its purchase of Waste Management.
Ever since we have been in a time of great excitement and enthusiasm. Under BCG ownership we have continued to grow and make bold innovations including expanding our business. This includes buying the remaining 50% of Living Earth Ltd. and the acquisition of Tirohia Landfill, Tirohia Composting and Hamilton Organic businesses.
We also recently went through an acquisition with Pacific Rubber – New Zealand’s largest tyre recycling firm. We have also increased our employee base by more than 280 people, launched a graduate programme providing jobs for eight young Kiwis and launched our employee development programme ‘Skills First’. We have made some significant investments in technology.
In particular, our electric vehicle programme that we expanded last year with the inclusion of electric waste trucks. Our first electric waste collection truck is on Auckland’s roads collecting food waste, and our first side-loader is on its way from the Netherlands.
By the end of the year we will have three fully electric trucks on New Zealand roads. In addition we have begun a three-year programme for the largest ever rollout of RFID technology onto residential wheelie bins in Christchurch.
None of this would have been possible without the investment of BCG in Waste Management, and we’re very proud that this has been recognised by such a prestigious award.