Reducing our environmental impact in New Zealand


Community

This year Suncorp completed a consolidation of our Auckland office to create a newly refurbished ‘smart’ workspace designed to support a more flexible and collaborative style of working. 

Refurbishing the five floors meant that a lot of usable office furniture and other items were no longer needed. 

“We wanted to make sure we disposed of the furniture responsibly, so we partnered with Junk Run to arrange the reuse of our old equipment,” Suncorp’s Real Estate Manager, Sean Devoy said. 

“Junk Run spent 639 hours collecting 1430 cubic metres of commercial waste, which they then sorted and removed to put to good use in the community.”  

Fionna Gotts, CEO of Junk Run said that often office waste ended up being broken down and recycled or sent to landfill.

“Suncorp’s furniture was good quality and still in great condition. Junk Run was able to reallocate almost everything to community groups in need, both in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands," said Fionna. 

“With this approach, everyone wins. Suncorp saved large volumes of quality furniture from landfill and communities were given items they desperately needed.”

Some of the items were used to replace dilapidated furniture at Queen Salote College, a girl’s school in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. 

Crockery and kitchen items were donated to Hospice New Zealand, where it was sold to raise funds to support the vital service that Hospice provides.