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The other half of NZ’s waste problem

By Dominic Salmon, 3R Group Business Development – Sustainable Solutions The housing crisis and construction boom are common headlines these days, but what seldom makes the news is the waste created by the sector. For the average person when we think about waste going to landfill we see the stuff in our rubbish bins at […]

Bold, new Government waste strategy will affect everyone

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 […]

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

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. […]

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

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 […]

Are you ready for Gov’s proposed new waste strategy?

The Ministry for the Environment released the consultation document for New Zealand’s future waste strategy and options for new waste legislation, Taking responsibility for our waste.  This outlines the Government’s proposed strategy to turn around NZ’s poor record on waste and includes proposed legislation to support a new way of managing waste and embedding a […]

Gov lays out national action plan for tackling plastic

By Natalie Martin, 3R Group Materials Innovation Manager If you make, import or use plastic packaging in your business then there is a recent Government report you need to be across. The National Plastics Action Plan, which was released mid-September, outlines Government’s drive to tackle problematic plastics by changing what plastic types are used, and […]

Can we climb the sustainability ladder?

The seventh in a series written for NZ Food Technology. By Natalie Martin, 3R Group Materials Innovation Manager We all know the well-used mantra of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’, where the three actions are often referred to as equal partners in our bid to reduce environmental harm. However, while recycling is something of an ambulance at […]

Design – the genesis of a circular economy

By Dominic Salmon, 3R Group Business Development – Sustainable Solutions I’ll hazard a guess that the last time a kettle, toaster or other electrical appliance in your house broke, you thought to yourself this should be repairable. However, I’m fairly sure you couldn’t easily get it repaired or the repair was going to cost the […]

Take a deep dive before you jump into fibre packaging

The sixth in a series written for NZ Food Technology. By Natalie Martin, 3R Group Materials Innovation Manager In the world of packaging sustainability plastic gets plenty of attention, particularly from consumers, but it’s a little-known fact a popular alternative, fibre (cardboard and paper), faces challenges of its own. Firstly though, it’s important not to […]

A golden opportunity ripe for the taking

By Dominic Salmon, 3R Group Business Development – Sustainable Solutions Did you know New Zealand households throw away some 157,000 tonnes of food each year? That’s enough avoidable food waste to fill 271 jumbo jets and is worth somewhere in the region of $1.17 billion. This doesn’t include the food waste generated outside the home […]

Label your packaging for sustainability

The fifth in a series written for NZ Food Technology. By Natalie Martin, 3R Group Materials Innovation Manager The desire for more sustainable packaging is greater than ever in New Zealand, but if we are going to reach this goal we have to take a holistic approach. This means working from the design phase right […]

Don’t muck up your compostable packaging

The fourth in a series written for NZ Food Technology. By Natalie Martin, 3R Group Materials Innovation Manager Those looking to improve the sustainability of their packaging may be considering compostable alternatives, but beware, it’s a complex issue. In New Zealand we are faced with something of a chicken-and-egg situation: There’s a fast-growing move to […]

Finding the sustainable packaging sweet spot

The third in a series written for NZ Food Technology. By Natalie Martin, 3R Group Materials Innovation Manager Sustainable packaging has become something of a hot topic recently, but as designers will know it’s more than just about ensuring packaging can be recycled, composted or reused. Packaging often serves a vital function as the first, […]

The time for your business to tackle plastic is now

Government is tackling the issue of plastic waste with a two-pronged approach – regulated stewardship, and proposed phase-outs and bans.

Hawke’s Bay could lead the way in low-carbon transport

With the rise of low-carbon transport like EVs and the humble bicycle, there are options which not only benefit the planet but your health and wallet.

Plastic packaging regulation is coming, are you ready?

The way New Zealand deals with single-use plastic packaging is set to undergo a monumental shift, affecting everyone along its supply chain.

How the cost of waste will change New Zealand for the better

NZ is one of the cheapest places in the western world to dispose of rubbish, and we generate the fourth highest amount of waste per person in the OECD

Paint and packaging industry get around the stewardship table

By Trevor Tutt – 3R Group GM Innovation New Zealand’s paint industry is the latest to move forward with creating an industry-led product stewardship scheme. An all-of-industry working group has recently been formed to create a pathway for unwanted and unused paint and its packaging to be recovered.  The co-designed, regulated stewardship scheme will collect […]

Climate Action HB workshop success highlights sustainability focus

The first Climate Action Hawke’s Bay workshop, aimed at helping businesses begin their sustainability journeys, has gained overwhelmingly positive feedback, with more planned. The workshop was hosted by sustainability experts 3R Group on August 27 and 31 in Napier, with 23 organisations attending. These ranged in size from SME’s to large corporates and represented a […]

Child car seat recycling now in Central Otago

Damaged or expired child car seats don’t need to go to the tip in Central Otago now the SeatSmart programme has launched in the district. The Central Otago District Council has also come on board by offering a subsidy to encourage residents to make the most of this recycling programme and reduce the amount of […]

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