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Upper Hutt Leader : July 13th 2011
8 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 13, 2011 NEWS Company Profle 3650187 Upper Hutt's Fibreglass Specialists have the expertise to work on almost any job big or small The eight person staff receive unique requests from all over the North Island and have worked on movie sets including Avatar and Kingdom Come as well as manufacturing the dome for the Carter Observatory. Director Dennis Jefferies says his father taught him the art of working with fbreglass. "I worked with him doing bits and pieces straight out of school. I've always enjoyed the creativity involved. I love that you can make anything out of fbreglass." The company was established in 1997 and moved to Upper Hutt 11 years ago, and enjoy working in their community. Fibreglass Specialists can make anything from shower cubicles, claw- foot baths, vintage caravans to swimming pools. They work with fbreglass because it is strong, lightweight, easily malleable, UV resistant and can be painted in any colour. The team can also repair car, kayak or boat bodies. They sell resin for DIY people who want to repair their own boat or surfboard etc. Mr Jefferies says his business welcome enquiries about any project you may need help with. "We will do our best to help. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction because that's how we built our business." In an exciting new venture, Fibreglass Specialists have also begun servicing swimming pools and spas under the Capital Pools and Spas brand. They sell spa and pool chemicals, service pumps and offer a "pool valet" service where someone comes to water test and clean your pool regularly or as a one off. Staff will also test your water for free when you purchase your chemicals from their store. Fibreglass Specialists is celebrating their new initiative with an opening day on Saturday July 16. The public are invited to come down and make any enquiries, there is a free barbecue and free pool water testing. "It is just something I've wanted to do for a long time," Mr Jefferies says. People can enter a draw at the opening day to win a night's accommodation and breakfast for two at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort in Solway Park, Wairarapa. For more information on Fibreglass Specialists and what they do, check out their website at www.fbreglassspecialists.co.nz. You can also give the friendly staff a call on 528 8848 or simply pop in for a visit at 122c Whakatiki Street, Upper Hutt. Friendly faces: Upper Hutt's Fibreglass Specialists have a reputation for great service and quality workmanship. From left: Olive-Ann, James, Richard, Maryanne, Dennis, Neil, Peter and Kath. Quality and elegance: From swimming pools to stock- cars, Fibreglass Specialists have a range of expertise. POOL & SPA SHOP OPENING SATURDAY 9am--1pm 122c Whakatiki Street, Upper Hutt Normal Opening Hours 8am--4.30pm Monday to Friday Servicing Pools, Spas, Pumps, Valet Service, Chemical Supplies 122c Whakatiki Street Upper Hutt Ph 528 8808 www.capitalpools.co.nz 3874788AA $49.95 SOLAR POWERED DYNAMO TORCH RADIO TORCH, AM/FM Radio and Mobile Phone Charger. • Essential for the Home, Workplace, Emergency Kit,Vehicles,Camping,Boating,Hunting 802 Fergusson Drive -- Upper Hutt 04 528 8245 www.dwights.co.nz Nappy plant gets funding ' This innovation enables parents to enjoy the convenience [of disposable nappies] without getting the environmental guilts. ' Nick Smith Environment Minister The Government s waste minimis- ation fund has granted $700,000 for the building of a nappy recycling plant proposed for land beside the sewage storage tanks on the East- ern Hutt Rd at Silverstream. The plant would mix soiled nappies with green waste then break it down into an odourless compost, and any elements of plas- tic would be removed and recycled. The plant could also handle sani- tary hygiene waste and adult incon- tinence products. Canterbury-based company Envirocomp based its building plan on a similar model it runs in Christchurch, where five million dis- posable nappies have been composted since that plant s opening in 2009. Environment Minister Nick Smith said the company s plan was con- sistent with the govern- ment s Bluegreen agenda of developing new businesses that improved environmental management. The Government s waste mini- misation fund is about supporting this sort of green growth business, he said. Disposable nappies are very con- venient for busy, modern families, but people are concerned about the impact of waste on the environ- ment. This innovation enables parents to enjoy the convenience without getting the environmental guilts. The Government put $30,000 towards a feasibility study last year and has now agreed to give a $700,000 grant for the Upper Hutt plant, which could open early next year. It is estimated there are 17,500 babies aged under 21G2 years in the Wellington region wearing dispos- able nappies, producing 6600 tonnes of waste each year. The plant will initially compost 1300 tonnes a year, with the capacity to double that within the first year. The feasibility study also showed the volume of adult incontinence products is growing, and represents about 37 per cent of total sanitary hygiene waste. Currently 2749 tonnes or three million adult incontinence products are disposed of to landfills in the Wellington region. Envirocomp chief executive and founder Karen Upston said the plant would cost more than $1 million to build. The plant would not release any chemical emissions such as meth- ane or lechate and the leftover plastic could be used by other busi- nesses, she said. We ve had interest already from companies in Wellington. The plas- tic can be recycled and reused in other pro- cesses, it s not going to be just landfilled or any- thing like that, she said. The plant would use HotRot composting technology which mimics the natural recycling process that occurs on a forest floor, but at an accelerated rate. The technology would take between 15 and 20 days to break down a nappy, she said. Users of the company s Christ- church plant paid to have the soiled nappies collected in special rubbish bags, but Mrs Upston would not confirm that the same process would be used in this region. I don t want to get involved in that just yet. We re looking at some other options that are hopefully more advanced than that. Hutt City Council infrastructure manager Bruce Sherlock said a lease was being considered for land adjacent to the sewage storage tanks and owned by Hutt City Council. But a resource consent for the project would be considered by Upper Hutt City Council since the site is in Upper Hutt.
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