Monthly ArchivesNovember 2014

3R e-news Nov 14: Today’s word is opportunity image

Opportunity seems to be the one word that describes what’s happening in and around 3R at present – people aren’t waiting for things to happen, they’re making things happen. It’s a positive change and it’s great to see. We’d love you to read about what the team at 3R is up to, and of course don’t hesitate to get in touch if we can help you discover an opportunity of your own! Read the November e-news 

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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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Let’s not wait… standard

At the end of October I had the pleasure of attending the 2014 Rubber Recycling Symposium in Montreal in October. The theme of the symposium was “Driving Innovation to Drive Markets” and it brought together tyre makers, recyclers and programme managers from North America as well as guests from Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and Africa. The conference celebrated the achievements made in virtually clearing legacy stockpiles in North America and their high rates of recycling current end-of-life tyres, as well as shared lessons learned.  Also, for the first time, tyre designers and recyclers were talking with each other about the changing makeup of tyres, how this will impact on recycling options and how to collaborate across the value chain. A consistent theme was ...

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Waste Tyres Economic Research image

3R has partnered with KPMG to deliver a project for the Ministry for the Environment, building on the Tyrewise reports to recommend an investment strategy for on-shore end-of-life tyre (ELT) processing. It will cover an update on the waste tyre situation, a cost benefit analysis, barriers to greater resource efficiency for waste tyres in New Zealand, and analysis of intervention options. In KPMG’s words, 3R brings “invaluable experience and a significant network of contacts through the recent Tyrewise project”. The project commences this month with the final report due in February 2015. Those involved in the industry will be contacted as part of the project, or for more information email Gareth.

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