Our Environment

Our strikingly scenic land in New Zealand’s South Island is the lifeblood for our dairy farmers.  As the guardians of this land, sustainability is one of our key priorities. 

Throughout our company, we go the extra mile for the protection of our precious natural resources.  Whichever way you turn, you’ll find examples of our dedication to our Farm Excellence programme (FarmEx), which goes beyond mere legal compliance. 

This programme demonstrates to our customers and to our local communities that we are committed to leading the industry in this area. 

Our ISO 14001 certification for our manufacturing facilities is instantly recognisable and establishes our world class position in on-site environmental management.

Reflecting our commitment, Westland Milk Products has been a frequent winner of the West Coast Leading Light business excellence awards.  We won the Supreme Award and Primary Producer Awards in 2012, and in 2011 we were awarded the Primary Producer and Workplace Safety Awards.  

Farm Excellence Programme

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Our commitment to excellence begins with every Westland Milk Products farm.  Through the FarmEx programme, farmers are supported with information and systems to continuously improve their environmental sustainability.  The FarmEx programme embraces facets of the newly drafted Sustainable Water Accord and includes commitments to minimising stock access to waterways, effluent management and water use. 

Recycling Initiative

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Suitable materials at our processing facilities are separated and compressed on site and sent to recyclers in Christchurch and Auckland. Currently, we’re working on initiatives to undertake plastic recycling on farms, including plastic silage wrap and plastic containers. 

Managing Emissions

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Westland Milk Products voluntarily signed the ETS in 2011 ahead of the legislative requirement to do so.  We consistently implement measures to reduce our carbon footprint.  Our fleet of tankers are all powered by Euro-five diesel motors. Their fuel-efficient engines deliver maximum power with minimum emissions. Latest GPS technology minimises the distance travelled, ensuring milk is transported with the least environmental impact possible. Our culture is one of continuous improvement regarding air quality, focusing on clean burning boilers to maximise efficiency and to reduce CO2 emissions.