Monthly ArchivesMarch 2017

20 years and still waiting… standard

By Darren Patterson In 1996 the OECD produced a report on the environmental performance of New Zealand. A review it carries out for all of its members every 10 years. In this report, amongst other things, it stated: “Waste management policies and programmes are hampered by a lack of reliable, comprehensive information on sources of waste and waste generation” and, “New Zealand lacks comprehensive legislation dealing specifically with both waste and hazardous waste” At the beginning of this century the Ministry for the Environment set about addressing these and other issues raised. They produced a series guidelines focusing on areas of waste management, culminating in the release of the New Zealand Waste Strategy in 2002; a strategy that set some ...

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3R – e-news Mar17 – Taking the pain out of chemical collection image

Introducing ChemCollect! Through our previous work in chemical stewardship and collection, we know there is always a small percentage of chemicals in circulation that, for whatever reason, are not used or sold for their intended purpose. Not to mention legacy chemicals that have been sitting around for years with owners unsure of the correct disposal solution. ChemCollect is our answer to hassle-free chemical collection and disposal, with the added bonus of protecting our streams and rivers along the way. Curious? Find out more.

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Planting for the future standard

Featured speaker at SBN / 3R Business Connector event in March. It is always great to hear about success stories and the Maraetōtara Tree Trust is just one such example. The trust set out in 2002 to restore the Maraetōtara River and nearly 15 years later they have cleared, fenced, had covenants registered and planted 43 kilometres of the river’s length with native shrubs and trees. It has seen a big effort on the part of the trustees, other volunteers, sponsors as well as key partnerships with landowners, the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Cape to City. In the 15 years since the Maraetōtara Tree Trust was formed about 43kms of both sides of the Maraetōtara River has had willows ...

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Letting nature take the lead standard

Featured speaker at SBN / 3R Business Connector event in March. In the words of Greg Hart, “The way we currently practise agriculture is one of the biggest problems on the planet, but it has the potential to be one of the biggest solutions”. It’s the sort of sentiment which has seen Mangarara Station owners Greg and Rachel Hart spend around 12 years converting from the more traditional style of farming they grew up with to a more sustainable approach. They have a strong focus on maintaining clean water, building soils and increasing biodiversity on their land as well as spreading a general awareness through education. “We take our lead from nature,” Greg says. As such the farm is also ...

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