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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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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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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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Enduring success recognised for Resene PaintWise image

Resene PaintWise has received praise from the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) for ongoing achievements in diverting leftover paint and packaging from landfill. In its eleventh year of operation, the Resene stewardship programme collected over 706,000 kilograms of paint and packaging from 61 Resene ColorShops and 29 trade-partner locations nationwide. This was 23% higher than the previous year, with the increase being credited to a buoyant building and renovating sector and increased awareness of the service. Resene PaintWise was one of the first programmes to receive Product Stewardship accreditation by MfE, meeting a stringent range of performance and reporting criteria. Responding to this year’s accreditation report, MfE Director of Operations Mike Mendonça has congratulated Resene and programme managers 3R Group ...

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