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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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