Monthly ArchivesNovember 2021

Bold, new Government waste strategy will affect everyone standard

The eighth in a series written for NZ Food Technology. By Natalie Martin, 3R Group Materials Innovation Manager The way New Zealand creates, deals with and thinks about waste is set for a big shakeup with Government releasing sweeping new proposals. The Ministry for the Environment’s Taking responsibility for our waste consultation document sets out a new waste strategy and legislation to replace the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and Litter Act 1979. It puts a focus on moving to a circular economy by 2050 and, critically, it spreads the responsibility for dealing with, and reducing waste, across all of society with waste reduction targets proposed for businesses (30% – 50%), the public sector (30% – 50%) and households (60% – ...

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We did it – New Zealand gets its first regulated stewardship scheme standard

New Zealand’s first regulated product stewardship scheme, Tyrewise, was announced by Minister for the Environment David Parker on 4 November. As project managers this is a huge day for us – not only because it finally moves Tyrewise from project to scheme, but because it sets the tone for further regulated schemes in New Zealand. 3R Group CE and Tyrewise Project Manager Adele Rose reflects on the journey. The date of 24 April 2012 is firmly etched in my mind.  It’s the day we held the inaugural working group meeting for what would become known as “Tyrewise”, with representatives from the whole value chain sitting down in the Automobile Association Boardroom in Auckland for the first time.   That first meeting ...

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A must read if you make, sell or import products in New Zealand standard

New Zealand is set to change tack in a big way on how it tackles waste, with the Government proposing sweeping changes impacting business, consumers, and the public sector.  The Ministry for the Environment’s Taking responsibility for our waste consultation document sets out a framework to radically transform not only the way we deal with waste but how it’s created in the first place. This means the effects will be seen across the business landscape, particularly on those which import, manufacture or sell products in NZ, with a focus on product stewardship, the right to repair, the right to return and banning problematic materials. What it’s all about The consultation document sets out a new waste strategy and legislation to ...

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