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Banned pesticides get free muster thanks to 3R project image

3R Group has secured funding to support a nationwide collection to rid New Zealand of banned pesticides known to be stored on rural properties despite being phased out decades ago. ‘The Great DDT Muster’ gives farmers and growers a free and confidential chance to register banned persistent organic pollutants (POPs) for safe collection and disposal. 3R decided to seek funding for this project following our long-term involvement with agrichemicals through our management of the Agrecovery Rural Recycling programme and the Agrichemicals Review led by 3R in 2012. POPs were used in many insecticide and sheep dip products sold in New Zealand from the 1940’s to the 1970’s, before being replaced by safer alternatives and finally banned in 2004. DDT was ...

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It takes a village to raise a family… standard

By the same token, it takes Business, Central and Local Government to effectively collaborate! It was fantastic to read the LGNZ Manifesto 2014: Our Seven Strategic Policy Priorities recently released by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ). In it, LGNZ recognises the importance of sector-led policy on important issues for effective management of natural capital (priority #6). It also carries a very explicit reference to declaration of priority product under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 – requiring all importers of electronic equipment to sign up to a product stewardship scheme for e-Waste at the point of manufacturer, assembly, or entry to New Zealand. 3R recently enjoyed LGNZ support during two projects: 1) the development of a nationwide end-of-life tyre stewardship programme; and ...

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Agrichemicals Review image

3R Group Ltd worked with industry stakeholders to conduct a review that provides recommendations for a nationwide and industry wide product stewardship programme for agricultural chemicals and their associated containers that aims to maximise the collection and safe disposal of waste agrichemicals and their associated containers and prevent further legacy stock piles from occurring. In early May 2012, a working group of stakeholders representing industry associations, chemical manufacturers & distributors, local government, chemical recovery and disposal service providers, legislative and regulatory bodies were brought together. This working group worked through a series of milestones to clearly identify effective and preferred product stewardship options for waste agrichemicals and their associated containers with the final review recommendation report completed and sent to ...

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