Posted by on 18/06/2014
Coromandel MP Scott Simpson is congratulating the Western Bay of Plenty District Council for winning a top environmental prize - a Green Ribbon award for Public Sector Leadership.
The award is for how the council deals with biosolids from the Waihi Beach and Katikati wastewater treatment plants; instead of going into a landfill, the council uses biosolids as natural fertiliser and soil conditioner on stock paddocks.
Scott Simpson says â€œThis is innovative stuff from the Western Bay of Plenty District Council. As New Zealandâ€™s first council to undertake full scale vermicomposting, it is leading the way in caring for the environment. What a great role model for other councils, organisations and businesses! The Western Bay of Plenty District Council is a thoroughly deserving winner.â€
The Green Ribbon Awards, held by the Ministry for the Environment, are to recognise contributions to protecting and enhancing New Zealandâ€™s environment.