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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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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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Finding answers with Westland Milk Products standard

Finding answers for sustainability questions Westland Milk Products (WMP) sells to some of the world’s biggest companies – and they are customers who ask tricky questions about sustainability. Having the right answers to those questions isn’t just a matter of triple bottom line reporting, or good PR – it is a question of survival. Beyond maintaining their ISO14001 Environmental Management standard, WMP need to show tangible proof that they – and their 430 farmer-shareholders – are up to scratch, environmentally. 3R is helping them meet those demands. According to Westland’s Environmental Manager Chris Pullen, 3R’s experience in waste diversion and finding innovative uses for the materials, combined with their own ISO14001 accreditation, made them ideal partners. Meeting international demand “3R ...

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Idealog feature: 3R Group standard

3R’s Chief Executive, Adele Rose, speaks to Idealog about what’s involved setting up schemes such as Rebound Mattress Recycling, how to sell social responsibility to corporates, and the importance of partnerships when it comes to making big plans reality. “One area we’ve started to push into is resource audits for business, particularly those businesses that don’t have sustainability people in place. We help go through some behaviour-change work but also help businesses identify the savings that they can make just with simple things, like diversion from landfill.” Read the full article 

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Not your everyday recycling standard

When the National Aquarium of New Zealand upgraded their filter system, they turned to local experts 3R Group to recycle 40 cubic metres of obsolete plastic. “We’ve moved from plastic bio-balls, which provide a habitat for the good bacteria that cleanse waste from the water of the Oceanarium, to a sand-based system,” explains Aquarium Manager Rob Yarrall. “The sand gives us a better result however it did leave us with a bit of a disposal problem.” The Aquarium also delivers the Napier District Council Waste Aware programme in schools, so wanted to avoid landfill if possible. “We’re very aware of the consequences of plastic making its way into our oceans, plus we wanted to practice what we preach to kids ...

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