An Environmental Overview

An Environmental Overview

Statement of Origin: Morris and Watson is opposed to activities which benefit conflict, violence and human rights abuses. Nearly all of our precious metal products are produced by recycled waste from Jewellers and industry, along with local mines from within Australasia. Morris and Watson Ltd follows international best practice standards, including due diligence practiced on all new customers under our ‘Know Your Client’ policy.

Much of our precious metal products are produced by recycled waste from the Jewellery Industry within Australasia.

Alluvial gold from the South Island of New Zealand is another significant source of gold for Morris and Watson. The alluvial operation complies with strict Department of Conservation protocols which firmly puts the responsibility on gold exploration, extraction and processing companies to minimise their environmental impact over the whole life cycle of their activities.

These products – being impure or of an unknown composition – require refining. The refining process involves burning or melting the material which is then chemically refining to a pure state in our Refinery. The pure gold, silver, palladium and platinum is then recycled into fabricated product.

The precious metal recycling operation is the foundation of 80 years of successful business and our edge in the market. We have fine-tuned the refining processes with environmental sustainability in mind. For example: The melted and burnt material is evacuated through afterburners and state of the art smoke and particulate treatment systems. The refinery uses a state of the art, custom designed, air extraction system that has an automatic pH dosing system, that is monitored and recorded daily.

The “Accelerate R & D Program” grant from Tech NZ allowed Morris and Watson to investigate and conduct a pilot study to remove the heavy metals and recycle the wastewater generated within the treatment facility. The Water Treatment Plant is now operational.

All waste water from other production areas run through sediment traps before being discharged. The Lost Wax Casting process ensures the majority of the wax prior to the burnout stage is steamed out and not burnt into the environment.

Morris and Watson also have a comprehensive rain water capture system via roof catchment and tank storage, that is used for the cooling water systems in our furnaces and machines, throughout the factory.

All our systems are documented with an Environment Management Plan (EMP) which was prepared by external consultants under the guidance of the management team. The EMP is frequently monitored and reviewed and complies with Auckland Council protocols.

Further to this, Morris and Watson is always looking at improvements to our operations that reduce our environmental foot print. Projects such as reducing energy usage through innovative technologies and practices, R&D into our chemical treatment methods, upgrading to more modern and efficient plant and decreasing the volume of waste associated with our business are some of the areas we are focusing on.

Due to spikes in our production, there are times when we purchase pure metal from internationally accredited suppliers.

Grant George

Operation Manager

Morris and Watson

 

Contact:

New Zealand – Customer Service

AUCKLAND +64 9 634 2035

customerservice@morrisandwatson.co.nz