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Waste assessment helps understand the problem standard

Our waste minimisation expert Dominic Salmon recently completed a waste assessment for the Gisborne District Council, which garnered great feedback. It also caught the attention of the Gisborne Herald. Read their article. Whether you are a council or a business, the saying “you can’t manage what you don’t measure” holds true. Getting an accurate picture of what goes to landfill compared to what is recycled is critical to understanding your current situation and planning your next steps.  3R can help you map your waste and make a plan to reduce it, so get in touch!”

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Annual beach clean-up standard

What would you expect to find on a beach? Sand, rocks, some seaweed and the smell of fresh, salty air? Sadly this isn’t always the case with beaches around New Zealand harbouring all manner of rubbish. 3R did our bit to help improve the situation by holding our annual beach clean-up on October 5. This year the stretch of coast from the mouth of the Tukituki river, near Haumoana, south to the end of the township was chosen. Four groups – made up of staff as well as some of our local suppliers and stakeholders – took to the beach armed with clipboards, plastic bags, gloves and a willingness to get their hands dirty. A little over an hour later ...

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Increasing the waste levy – cut waste and create jobs standard

Increasing the waste levy will significantly reduce the high volume of waste being sent to landfill and help create jobs. The report “A Wasted Opportunity” released today by the New Zealand Waste Levy Action Group recommends broadening and raising the levy charged on all waste sent to landfill. Currently $10 per tonne, the levy is well below that of other countries charging a similar levy. Adele Rose, 3R Group Chief Executive, believes New Zealand’s low rates of resource recovery and product stewardship have a direct correlation to the levy. “The low value placed on our waste provides little or no incentive for businesses or consumers to change their behaviour and seek out more positive outcomes for their ‘rubbish’. Mrs Rose ...

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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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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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