Greig Maver at Maverick Equipment in Surrey Hills, Victoria faced a constant problem with the disposal of used packaging including discarded crates, pallets, plastic wrapping, ties and cardboard.
The used packaging not only took up valuable space at the office but was also difficult to get rid of from the premises.
Recently, he had the problem comprehensively resolved for him, thanks to the efforts of John Preston, a recently retired director of property and insurance services for the Uniting Church who sought spare crates from Maverick Equipment.
For the past 16 years John and his wife, Jenny have been supporting disabled, orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia by sending them clothing, books and equipment. Packing the shipments had always been a problem, which was why John decided to seek the help of Maverick Equipment.
John and Jenny have since become regular visitors to Maverick, creating their own packing equipment out of recycled materials such as wooden crates, cardboard and plywood, which are far superior to the tea chests used previously.
The Prestons have also found use for other used packing material such as plastic bags from Amcor Flexibles, which are filled with clothes and then vacuumed out to remove the air, providing more space in containers and making the goods easily visible when they arrive in Zambia.
John is appreciative of the assistance provided by Maverick including use of warehouse space as well as access to timber crates and packing materials in addition to lending their truck and providing hospitality to volunteers.
Maverick has supplied several surplus crates from their importing of handling equipment, and lots of cardboard and plastic sheeting to line the crates. In addition to arranging plastic bags to pack 50 singlets into each pack, a commercial vacuum cleaner to remove air, a strapping machine to stop expansion and sealing ties, Greig has also helped with the shipping of the crates to Zambia.
According to Greig, Maverick, whose business is supplying mobile lifting gear and materials handling equipment to a range of customers from oil rigs and airlines to a boutique olive oil manufacturer, is enjoying this unorthodox addition to its operations, all for a good cause.