Sustainability & Innovation

We are an advocate for our community and a catalyst for embracing sustainable practices in the parks industry.

Has seen Recreational Services at the forefront of bringing many greener technologies to New Zealand like Weedingtech’s Foamstream technology, a chemical-free alternative to Glyphosate.

A New Zealand first was the importing of two Foamstream units by Recreational Services in 2018. This was achieved following an 11-month process to get the units into the country, ahead of Weedingtech establishing a base in New Zealand. In 2016 a resolution was passed in Christchurch, and Auckland in 2017, to ban Glyphosate usage to ensure all public areas are kept chemical-free. The Foamstream units use hot water and a biodegradable insulating foam to kill weeds, which avoids the use of herbicides altogether, making it safe for use around people, animals and delicate environments.

Foamstream in use

Recreational Services was the first New Zealand company to import the Mean Green commercial mowers, and these mowers are 100% electric,  ride on, 60-inch mowers, with the added advantage of having a roof charging panel that helps top up the batteries state of charge during daylight,  delivering up to nine hours of mowing per day. The benefits of these mowers are that they have zero emissions, offer low noise and vibration levels, and do not use diesel, as most commercial fleet would normally run. Since bringing these mowers on board, the team has collaborated with Te Tari Tiaki Pūngao (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) to offer monitoring and benchmarking data to the industry.

Mean Green Mower

Another was owning the first New Zealand Mitsubishi Canter Eco Hybrid transporter trucks with AdBlue technology which reduces exhaust emissions by breaking down and removing the Nitrogen Oxides from the exhaust gas and offering the highest fuel efficiency in its class. The Queenstown Lakes District maintenance contract, since its inception in 2018, was equipped with facility vans which are 100% electric and fully electric handheld equipment, such as handheld blowers, weedeaters, backpack blowers, rotary hand mowers and hedge trimmers.

Nissan E-NV200 Electric vans

With a large fleet to manage we have EROAD E2 installed in our assets, that not only enables fleet tracking but also allows us to monitor driver behaviour and ensures our teams’ maintenance regimens are route optimised. This offers the benefits of increasing fuel efficiency, reducing emissions and help manage overall vehicle maintenance. We work alongside our industry suppliers to test new technologies, ensuring we are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest industry innovations for the parks industry.” says Mike Keith, Recreational Services’ National Fleet Manager.” 

Remaining at the forefront of the latest industry technology and sustainable practises is a whole organisational approach. Every employee at Recreational Services is encouraged to share ideas and be on the lookout for new opportunities, and ways to improve existing practices. By fostering a culture that values improvement, all ideas are formally documented and reviewed with no idea too big or too small. It’s the incremental change that leads to an equitable transition to a greener and sustainable organisation and future. 

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