Monthly ArchivesMay 2018

Cleaner looking beach still needs a clean-up standard

With such regular news stories about the huge issue of plastic in the ocean it’s refreshing to find a beach in Hawke’s Bay looking relatively clean. Staff from 3R, Wilsigns and Hawke’s Bay Technologies took to the shoreline at Haumoana for 3R’s first biannual beach clean-up of the year, on May 24. This was the second time 3R and some of its suppliers had combed this section of beach and the volume of rubbish was notably less than the clean-up in October last year when around 200kg-worth was collected. However, the 12 of us still managed to fill a small trailer with two tyres – one being a truck tyre – old garden furniture, scrap metal and a variety of ...

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Moves to declare end of life tyres a priority product standard

New Zealand has edged one step closer to solving its ever-mounting problem with end of life tyres. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff welcomed comments from Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage on the declaration of end of life tyres as a priority product, on May 18. This would see the establishment of New Zealand’s first mandatory product stewardship scheme for end of life tyres as recommended by Tyrewise, and would be the first time a NZ government has announced a priority product. MORE MEDIA: – Mayor wants scheme to stop tyre waste – Listen to Minister Eugenie Sage and Mayor Phil Goff speak on the day – New facility to tackle NZ’s tyre recycling challenge – Auckland recycling plant to ...

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Reimagining solutions for recycled paint standard

by Harman Sandhu – Materials Innovation Manager I recently had the opportunity to present on my work around recycled paint at Australia’s leading waste management industry conference, the Coffs Harbour Waste Conference. It was a great opportunity to talk about the work we are doing at 3R Group on reimagining solutions for paint and packaging product stewardship in New Zealand. The three-day conference covered a wide range of topics from kerbside recycling to mattress and tyre recycling. In all it was a very informative and vibrant forum in which to exchange ideas and learn about new and innovative developments in the industry. The objective of my presentation was to share information on our paint stewardship schemes, with a focus on ...

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Landmark report predicts huge economic benefits from circular economy standard

A landmark report, supported by 3R Group, has predicted an increase in economic activity for Auckland of up to $8.8 billion should the city move to a low carbon, circular economy. However, as 3R Chief Executive Adele Rose points out it is not only the nation’s most populous city which can benefit from a shift to the circular economy, but the regions too. The Circular Economy Opportunity for Auckland report, produced by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) in partnership with Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED), is the first of its kind in New Zealand. It looked at what economic benefits a move to a circular economy by 2030 would bring Auckland. Resource recovery experts 3R supported the report ...

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Car bumper collection trial wraps up in Christchurch standard

A trial collection of car bumpers has diverted over 1 tonne of plastic from landfill in a 4-week period. The trial, held in Christchurch during March and April, was conducted by 3R Group in partnership with the Motor Trade Association (MTA), with six of their affiliated collision repair workshops taking part. 3R General Manager Innovation Trevor Tutt says the trial, which collected 273 bumpers, was successful in demonstrating the logistics around the collections are feasible. The collected bumpers were granulated, with the material to be used for further research into outflow solutions. This also involved some of the material going to recyclers and plastic manufacturers, Trevor says. The majority of bumpers found on passenger vehicles in New Zealand are made ...

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Film about thinking global, acting local standard

3R hosted a movie night featuring the Kiwi-made documentary Living the Change, as the first Sustainable Business Network Business Connector event of the year, on April 19. We caught up with the flimmakers Antoinette Wilson and Jordan Osmond. What inspired you and Jordan to make this film in the first place? When we began this project we were at the end of a year-long living-on-set project making our first feature film, A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity, in which we explored many of these issues through the perspective of a group of people living simply, living in community and seeking to understand what it would take to live with a ‘one-world footprint’. That project was a huge learning curve for ...

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