In June 2019, James Beard, Valpak’s Recycling Services Manager, will travel to Henderson Island as part of a 12 person team tasked with monitoring plastic accumulation. He will also help with the beach clean. Read his latest Blog for further details.Read More
Henderson Island Beach Clean-Up
In 2019, Valpak sponsored and took part in an expedition to the island, which aimed to clear 10 tonnes of plastic waste from its beaches
Henderson Island is a UNESCO World Heritage site, located more than 3,000 miles from the nearest major land mass, and can lay claim to be one of the most remote places on the planet.
Despite its near-perfect isolation, Henderson Island’s location, near the South Paciﬁc Gyre, has seen it attract the unwanted title of having the highest density of plastic rubbish anywhere in the world.
Ocean currents collect waste from every corner of the globe and deposit it upon Henderson Island’s beaches. An estimated 38 million pieces of plastic litter the Island, with up to 13,000 new pieces washed up each day.
Photographs courtesy of Dr. Jennifer Lavers, www.adriftlab.org
The expedition aimed to clear 10 tonnes of plastic waste from the island’s beaches and provide scientiﬁc data to monitor the rate of plastic accumulation and the impact it has upon the local wildlife.
The stuff.nz team published a report following the project “Desert Island Dump: The shameful state of Henderson Island.”
Valpak sponsored the clean-up and we hope to manage a feasibility study around the potential to recycle the litter collected.
In June 2019, James Beard, Valpak’s Recycling Services Manager, travelled to the Island as part of a 12 person team tasked with monitoring plastic accumulation. He spent four weeks travelling to the island and helping with the beach clean-up.
View our Henderson Island Video
James explains the details of the 2019 Henderson Island expedition and beach-clean project in this video.
Steve, Lucy, Lisa you gave me an extremely diﬃcult choice! Nine excellent applications and four terriﬁc interviews. Any one of today’s four candidates would no doubt do a terriﬁc job on Henderson.