This Zero Waste Case Study was a joint project between the Queenstown Lakes District Council, Film Queenstown and WOZ Productions. It was implemented to investigate typical waste management practices in the film industry and to identify ways in which the diversion of waste from landfill could be maximised through the use of more sustainable waste management practices.
Why This initiative is aligned with the Council’s Waste Management Strategy 2003. The Strategy outlines 43 waste minimisation initiatives that contribute towards achieving 35% waste diversion from Landfill. Initiative 18 of the Strategy states that all Film Companies operating within the Queenstown Lakes District are to manage their waste appropriately in accordance with the Strategy objectives. This Zero Waste Case Study for Film Productions has enabled the Council to investigate, support and assist the film industry during the filming of a major feature film and to develop an understanding of the typical waste management practices employed by a production company. Throughout the project, WOZ Productions granted the Council access to key departments and shooting locations, allowing a waste management officer to observe, consult, improve and report on the waste management and recycling systems employed. The outcomes of these findings are detailed in this report and a Zero Waste Film Production Toolkit was produced by the Council to provide an ongoing resource for future visiting film companies operating in the District. What The initiative concentrated on 4 key departments within WOZ Productions: • Production Office • SPFX • Art & Construction • Main Unit These 4 departments were monitored to establish their key waste streams, quantity of waste produced and waste management practices; of which detailed figures can be found within this report. Improvements for reducing, reusing and recycling waste types and quantities were recommended and wherever possible waste management costs were determined. Results During the production of Wolverine, approximately 670 tonnes of waste was produced across 4 departments. From this, an estimated 615 tonnes was diverted from the landfill through reuse and recycling, resulting in an outstanding 92% diversion rate. Status – Final Draft: Version 1.0 Page 1 Prepared by: One World Consulting Ltd Costs Overall the cost for recycling in the Queenstown Lakes District is significantly cheaper than disposing of waste to landfill. The potential cost savings that could have been made if the total quantity of waste produced during Wolverine was recycled rather than being disposed of to landfill was $60,000. This highlights the significant cost savings that can be made if successful recycling systems are set up throughout a film production. Conclusion WOZ Productions achieved a high diversion rate during the production of Wolverine due to established recycling systems already being in place and the implementation of new systems where necessary. Staff were motivated and consciously made efforts to reduce and recycle and support was provided by selected Heads of Departments. Improvements could be made in certain departments where efforts were limited and new initiatives could be implemented for future productions. With a top-down management approach, sufficient education and the use of local resources, managing waste appropriately within the film industry sector is an achievable and realistic goal.