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New recycling stations look out for health of the Bay standard

Arohatia Te Mātau ā Māui, do you “Love your bay”? When you are at the Hawke’s Bay Hospital or the Napier Health Centre you will have a chance to show it, with new recycling stations and food scrap bins giving staff and visitors the chance to look out for the health of the patients and the environment too. The waste diversion options were created after the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB) partnered with Hastings-based resource recovery experts 3R Group to assess and better manage its waste. The stations incorporate the iconic view of Cape Kidnappers, with some stations including an interactive floor decal to encourage foot traffic to them. The two recently installed stations in Napier follow the installation ...

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Waste Lubricant Packaging at WasteMINZ standard

The annual WasteMINZ Conference is a great place to learn and share new ideas about waste minimisation, recycling, product stewardship and the circular economy in New Zealand. 3R Chief Executive Adele Rose was invited to talk about one of our latest industry stewardship scheme projects, Waste Lubricant Packaging, which looks to address the issue of recycling lubricant containers and drums. She was joined by Oil Intel Ltd (Total Brand) Technical Support, Bob Foothead, Farmlands Co-Operative (Gulf Oil Brand) National Manager, Sander Kriek, and Z Energy (Caltex Brand) Lubricants Manager, Steve McGregor. Click here to view their joint presentation.

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3R Spring e-news standard

The world of sustainability is a busy place at the moment, and we’re pretty excited about that. We’re seeing a rapid shift – both in the public and political spheres – around recycling, waste minimisation, product stewardship and reducing our impact on the environment. As a result, the pace at 3R has been unrelenting at times and the past few months have been some of our busiest. Read our latest e-news for more

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Courtyard facelift with recycled paint standard

Giving the courtyard at the back or our building a facelift is something which has been on the to-do list for a while. It’s still an ongoing project but we are really pleased to have completed the first, and biggest, part of it by having a beautiful mural painted on the huge concrete wall overlooking the area. The work began with Hawke’s Bay student Maggie Dever taking on the job of preparing the wall. Even though this simply meant painting it white, it was no small task as she first had to clean the wall and apply a sealer before the three coats of undercoat, on a challenging surface. For the mural we approached Idea School at the Eastern Institute of Technology ...

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Accepting the Plastic Free July challenge standard

Can you live without plastic? Can you go even just one month without using it? As it turns out it’s a far more difficult challenge than you might think, even in an office environment where there are minimal household things like groceries around. Nevertheless, waste reduction and sustainability is what 3R is all about, so we took on the Plastic Free July challenge. What really struck us throughout the challenge was just how difficult it is to avoid plastic, especially if, for example, you want a quick snack or lunch from the supermarket looking – a plastic free lunch proved to be almost Mission Impossible. Takeaways also proved to be a minefield – in one instance a staff member ensured ...

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A circular future with stewardship at the centre standard

by Adele Rose, 3R Chief Executive Mention the term ‘product stewardship’ to the first person you bump into on the street and chances are you will be met with a blank look. The truth is, it’s not a widely known concept in New Zealand. It also is and isn’t a simple one either. Suggest that manufacturers and retailers should take responsibility for the products they make and sell throughout the lifetime of those products (the definition of product stewardship), and the blank look will probably turn into a puzzled one. MORE MEDIA: Read this story and more in the August edition of Revolve magazine Fast-forward to the year 2050 and this will be a different story. The terms ‘sustainably produced’, ...

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