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3R Sustainable Development Report 2017-2018 standard

Something we are passionate about at 3R is helping other businesses on their sustainability journey. Just like with any other part of your business it’s important to take a step back and evaluate where you are, where you have come from, where you want to go, and critically, why you are doing what you do. We believe a a Sustainable Development Report (SDR) is an excellent way to do just that, and is something we have been undertaking for the past three years. Our latest SDR (for the 2017-2018 financial year) is now ready. We encourage you to not only have a read of it, but to seriously consider doing one yourself. As always, if you want to connect and ...

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Single-use plastic; are we missing the point? standard

by Darren Patterson Single-use plastics. I want to start with that phrase, but I’ll leave it for now and I’ll come back to it later. I was shopping at one of my local supermarkets, one of those which has committed to eliminating single-use plastic bags, and I noticed that, whilst they still had their plastic bags for those that had not brought their own, there were also crisp, new, heavy-duty paper bags. Bags, I assume, that customers could use if they could not face the shame of using a plastic bag and wanted to feel they were doing their bit for the environment. And that brings me back to the start. Single-use plastics. All too often when we use that ...

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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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Taking a stand on climate change standard

3R Group has signed up to the Climate Leaders Coalition, joining a group of businesses dedicated to “forging a path to create a future that is low-emission, positive for our businesses and economy, and inclusive for all New Zealanders”. (CEO Climate Change Statement) This commits us to: measure our greenhouse gas emissions and publicly report on them set a public emissions reduction target consistent with keeping within 2° of warming work with our suppliers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions Even though we are only a small business with a turnover of less than $5M pa and 26 staff working nationally we believe our role is to lead the way for other SMEs. While we are among giants of industry, ...

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Call to end lubricant packaging waste standard

Media release Major lubricant industry brands are calling on importers and distributors in the market to join them in tackling the issue of millions of lubricant packages being discarded every year. A Waste Lubricant Container Product Stewardship Scheme has been established with the aims of exploring recycling options for lubricant containers. It is estimated that around 7 million (20 litre and under) lubricant and grease containers, plus an unknown number of 200 litre drums, are sent to landfills each year. The scheme will aim to “close the loop” on lubricant packaging and contribute to the development of a Circular Economy in New Zealand, with a focus on supporting the development of processing capacity and end use markets. “Considering that most ...

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Reimagining solutions for recycled paint standard

by Harman Sandhu – Materials Innovation Manager I recently had the opportunity to present on my work around recycled paint at Australia’s leading waste management industry conference, the Coffs Harbour Waste Conference. It was a great opportunity to talk about the work we are doing at 3R Group on reimagining solutions for paint and packaging product stewardship in New Zealand. The three-day conference covered a wide range of topics from kerbside recycling to mattress and tyre recycling. In all it was a very informative and vibrant forum in which to exchange ideas and learn about new and innovative developments in the industry. The objective of my presentation was to share information on our paint stewardship schemes, with a focus on ...

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