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The State of the Sustainable Nation standard

The concept of “sustainable business” would be familiar to many managers these days, but what’s it like to work at the forefront of the industry, at the green coal-face so to speak? What are the challenges and where is New Zealand heading? NZ Manufacturer spoke to Adele our Chief Executive about their work helping businesses and consumers operate more sustainably. NZM: 3R works in a pretty unique space. Tell us more about what you do. AR: Fundamentally we help businesses and industry create value and opportunity from addressing their waste issues. So often, products are put in the ‘too hard basket’ and simply dumped even though they can actually be recycled; everyday items like mattresses, tyres, paint, chemical containers, contaminated ...

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Sponsoring zero waste standard

3R were delighted to be an Event Partner of the 2016 Sustainable Business Awards, held last Thursday at Shed 10 in Auckland. The Awards lived up to their glamorous reputation with the “Who’s Who” of New Zealand sustainable businesses attending the black tie event. 3R partnered with SBN, Green Shoot Pacific and The Great Catering Company to deliver a zero waste event in line with industry best practice. What a success! Through correct waste separation and monitoring, a 99% diversion rate was achieved. A great achievement for the first year as a zero waste event! Our congratulations also to the worthy winners and commended businesses.   And, of course, to the team at SBN for another fantastic night of networking ...

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Stewardship specialists reject call for container deposit scheme standard

Press Release 03/08/16 Responding to renewed calls for refunds for empty bottles, product stewardship specialist 3R Group Ltd say the focus should be on products that have no current recycling options, not products that already achieve relatively high recycling rates. “New Zealand should be focused on other products which unnecessarily end up in landfill despite international examples of recycling success, such as tyres,” says 3R Group’s Chief Executive Adele Rose. 3R Group, who specialise in diverting waste from landfill and turning that waste into a resource, were the project leader on the recent Tyrewise initiative.  Tyrewise had widespread industry support to create a programme that would divert a significant portion of the 4 million passenger and 1 million truck and ...

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One of our more unusual projects – FlashMate® standard

There is no limit to the type of product for which 3R is asked to find a recycling solution. To be fair, the Flashmate® Electronic Heat Detector from Gallagher was one of our more unusual recycling projects! Flashmate is a disposable electronic heat alert product that wh​en applied to a cow’s flank, monitors riding activity and works out when a cow is in standing heat. The problem that Gallagher wanted to solve was how to provide a simple recycling solution that would avoid FlashMate being left behind on the field. With extensive experience recycling agricultural plastics, Gallagher approached 3R. Our solution was simple: provide the farmer with a return envelope in each box of FlashMate. When the devices are removed, they can ...

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3R e-news Jul 16 – Reimagineers popping up everywhere standard

Who said winter was a time of rest?  Recent weather has at times resembled spring, and so has our workload. Highlights include our largest quarter of Agrecovery collections in its 10 year history, plus we commenced a range of projects across multiple industries.  However, between all that and a number of new staff, we still found time to go to the beach! Read on to find out more about… Finding answers with Westland Milk Products – Having the right answers to customers’ sustainability questions isn’t just a matter of triple bottom line reporting, or good PR – it is a question of survival. 3R is helping WMP meet these demands… Smashed it! – 3R has reduced our carbon footprint by ...

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