Monthly ArchivesJune 2017

Tyre recycling initiatives welcomed standard

Recycling specialists 3R Group are welcoming today’s announcement from the Minister for the Environment of $18.6 million in funding for used tyre recycling initiatives. “There is no doubt that this is a positive step forward in dealing with the more than five million tyres that reach their end of life each year in New Zealand,” said 3R Chief Executive Adele Rose, “however we are disappointed that these initiatives are not part of a wider product stewardship approach for tyres.” 3R Group led the industry-supported Tyrewise project which proposed compulsory product stewardship for used tyres in New Zealand. Tyrewise would have seen the current $3-$5 per tyre disposal fee charged by the vast majority of tyre retailers scraped in favour of ...

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Waste not, want not standard

Featured speaker at SBN / 3R Business Connector event in June. When it comes to minimising food waste we can all do our part; shop smart, only cook as much as you need and eat leftovers, among other things. But Havelock North women Christina McBeth and Louise Saurin (featured here with their key team of volunteers) have taken things to the next level with their food rescue charity Nourished for Nil. Thanks to their work, cafes, bakeries, supermarkets and private residents get to make better use of their unwanted food, while hundreds of people get help through donations of food each day. Christina and Louise started the charity in February after meeting – as one does these days – on ...

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Weighty issue of food waste standard

Food is one of our biggest expenses, but every year we literally throw away $872 million worth. This tips the scales at more than 122,500 tonnes. That’s enough to feed almost 263,000 people. Hawke’s Bay is no different, with our food waste bill coming in at nearly $33m – $563 per household. It’s not just the food itself that goes to waste. Consider the energy used to produce and transport it. A huge amount of water goes into food production too. A cheeseburger, for example, takes about 2,400 litres of water to make. Food for thought indeed. It’s not all gloom though because the Love Food Hate Waste campaign is working to make a difference. On its website you can ...

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From builder to baker standard

Event venue and speaker at SBN / 3R Business Connector event in June. Hundreds of years ago bread was a central part of everyday life, from the process of making it, to the staple food of western diets. Scott Wynands has brought that tradition back to life with the artisan breads he and his bakers create at Oh My Goodness Specialty Breads in Hastings. The recipe for his gluten, dairy, sugar and grain-free breads is something which has been 10 years in the making and saw him go from working as a builder and environmental resource manager to donning a baker’s apron. The change has allowed him to follow a dream of having a space where he can not only ...

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12 years partnering Resene standard

3R Group have been partnering with Resene for 12 years, operationally managing Resene PaintWise and finding innovative uses for paint. Yesterday, new Associate Environment Minister, Scott Simpson, visited Resene’s factory in Lower Hutt and released this to celebrate the programme’s success to date. Source: Beehive NZ Three million paint containers recycled Resene has recycled over three million paint containers and found innovative uses for leftover paint, with its PaintWise scheme, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today at Resene’s factory in Lower Hutt. “Often consumers buy more paint than they need for a project and the leftover paint is stored in sheds and cupboards, or is taken to the local landfill for disposal. Resene PaintWise provides New Zealanders with an ...

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Leading the Way standard

“10 New Zealand business stars show how it’s done” We’re pretty honoured to be featured as one of the ten, in BusinessNZ’s “Leading the Way” publication. And, we’re in fine company. Other featured companies are Orion Healthcare, Spark, Contact Energy, ApparelMaster, Deadly Ponies, Waikato Milking Systems, Family of 12, Bobux and Mercury. Read these inspirational business stories: “LEADING THE WAY” “We do what we do because we believe that natural capital has a value. That means that the air we breathe, the waterways we use and the land we work with has a value to us and our future generations.”

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