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On the road with MP Jo Hayes image

In July 3R Group hosted MP Jo Hayes (National list MP) as part of a three day Business Study Programme through the NZ Business and Parliament Trust. The aim of the Trust is to foster better understanding of kiwi businesses for MP’s and to help business better understand and engage with government. 3R is the smallest and only regional company to belong to the NZ Business and Parliament Trust with a unique focus on waste to resource. Jo answered a few questions for us on her study visit which took in 3R’s business operations in Hastings, Auckland and Christchurch. What were your initial impressions of 3R? On arrival I was met by the CEO Adele Rose at the Hastings Head ...

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E-waste – it won’t go away by itself… image

This week saw the final day to submit feedback on the E-Waste Product Stewardship Preliminary Report. The report is being prepared as part of the development of an e-waste product stewardship framework for New Zealand. With product stewardship at the heart of what we do, 3R have made a submission to the report. A summary of our thinking on e-waste is below. So, what’s the problem? Disposal of e-waste to landfill in New Zealand is relatively cheap and easily available. In contrast, recycling opportunities for this plentiful waste stream tend to cost more than disposal and their availability is both limited and not readily available to consumers. In most cases, it is also cheaper to replace an item than to ...

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It takes a village to raise a family… standard

By the same token, it takes Business, Central and Local Government to effectively collaborate! It was fantastic to read the LGNZ Manifesto 2014: Our Seven Strategic Policy Priorities recently released by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ). In it, LGNZ recognises the importance of sector-led policy on important issues for effective management of natural capital (priority #6). It also carries a very explicit reference to declaration of priority product under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 – requiring all importers of electronic equipment to sign up to a product stewardship scheme for e-Waste at the point of manufacturer, assembly, or entry to New Zealand. 3R recently enjoyed LGNZ support during two projects: 1) the development of a nationwide end-of-life tyre stewardship programme; and ...

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Minister on right track says 3R Group image

Graeme Norton of 3R Group is applauding Environment Minister Amy Adams for elevating discussions regarding how New Zealand can improve management of problematic waste. A consultation document released today seeks feedback on whether intervention is required to improve outcomes for four waste streams – electrical equipment, tyres, agrichemicals and farm plastics, and refrigerants and other greenhouse gases. Each has been identified as having particularly high potential for environmental harm, combined with insufficient recycling or disposal options currently available. Norton has first-hand experience in three of the four waste streams under discussion and was involved in research related to passing of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 (WMA). This provides a framework for implementing product stewardship at a nationwide level, a likely ...

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