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ChemCollect helps plant trees in our back yard standard

Since its inception our ChemCollect service has looked to maximise its positive impact on the environment. In late 2017 we took the decision to further this impact by donating to a Million Metres Streams project twice a year. The amount donated is based on the tonnage of materials collected from the rural sector and through our MyHazWaste events. The start of 2020 has been no different with our latest donation having gone to the Brookby Project – Papakura Stream in Auckland.  While all the projects we donate to are deserving, this was particularly fitting as our Auckland depot is located in Papakura – which is just opposite where the stream empties into the Pahurehure Inlet, Manukau Harbour. The project aims ...

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Banned firefighting foam cleared from New Zealand airports standard

Banned firefighting foam stored at three New Zealand airports no longer poses a threat after being safely collected. Banned firefighting foam has received a great deal of media coverage recently after the discovery of contaminated soil and water at two New Zealand Defense Force bases, and a subsequent investigation finding stores of the foam at several sites. Task Protection Services (TPS) contracted chemical collection experts 3R Group, which runs the ChemCollect service, to oversee the decanting and decontamination of four appliances from the Palmerston North, Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay airports. 3R was also responsible for ensuring the safe disposal of the material. According to ChemCollect manager Jason Richards, the process entailed moving the TPS appliances from their base airports to ...

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Palmy residents lighten their chemical load standard

Over a tonne of dangerous chemicals have been collected from Palmerston North residents at a free disposal day. The council-funded MyHazWaste event, run by chemical collection experts 3R Group through their ChemCollect service, saw close to 200 bookings and resulted in 1023kg of materials collected. ChemCollect Manager, Jason Richards, says this is up around 200kg on the same event held in the city in 2018. “We’re really happy with how the day went. The weather didn’t play ball, but we still got a good turnout and over a tonne of chemicals were safely collected for proper disposal,” he says. The number of people attending was also significantly up on 2018, with over 100 more bookings. “There is a huge amount ...

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Chemical collection service helps add to Million Metres planting standard

Six months worth of work by 3R Group’s ChemCollect service has not only meant some 8.8 tonnes of chemicals have been properly collected and disposed of, but a Central Hawke’s Bay stream restoration project has benefited too. 3R has committed to donate $200 for every tonne of material collected by ChemCollect to a Million Metres Streams project, every six months. The third donation to date saw over $1700 go to a project aimed at restoring 1km of a tributary of the Porangahau river – paying for some 60 metres of planting. The project is being run by landowners, the Clark’s, a fifth generation family farming ‘Airlie’ at Wanstead. Sam Clark and his wife Cookie recently took over the 450ha farm and have been working ...

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New service with twice the chemical kick standard

A new chemical collection service has not only seen Palmerston North residents safely dispose of over 800kg of unwanted chemicals for free, but also helped educate them around hazardous waste. The MyHazWaste service, run by chemical collection experts 3R Group, held its first event in Palmerston North on June 16. The council-funded event gave residents the chance to safely dispose of household, garden, garage and pool chemicals for free. 3R Group ChemCollect general manager Jason Richards said the event was designed to improve upon traditional hazmobile events. “We used an evolved collection model which allows for a controlled collection methodology, accurate data collection and increased public education.” This ensured only substances which have no disposal pathways were collected, he said. ...

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Second sweep of The Great DDT Muster gathers pace standard

The Great DDT is gaining momentum as farmers turn over tonnes of their unwanted chemicals for safe disposal. The programme has so far collected some 17 tonnes of banned persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and other chemicals from properties in Northland to Invercargill. The past months have seen some unusual collections too, with a massive 2.3 tonnes of DDT found at one property, while another required staff to crack open an old safe to reach the POPs stored inside. The Muster, which is being run by the 3R Group, is in its second round of collections, having initially started in 2015. It is set to move down through Waikato and the lower North Island, and then onto the Mainland in the ...

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