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20 years and still waiting… standard

By Darren Patterson In 1996 the OECD produced a report on the environmental performance of New Zealand. A review it carries out for all of its members every 10 years. In this report, amongst other things, it stated: “Waste management policies and programmes are hampered by a lack of reliable, comprehensive information on sources of waste and waste generation” and, “New Zealand lacks comprehensive legislation dealing specifically with both waste and hazardous waste” At the beginning of this century the Ministry for the Environment set about addressing these and other issues raised. They produced a series guidelines focusing on areas of waste management, culminating in the release of the New Zealand Waste Strategy in 2002; a strategy that set some ...

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E-waste – it won’t go away by itself… image

This week saw the final day to submit feedback on the E-Waste Product Stewardship Preliminary Report. The report is being prepared as part of the development of an e-waste product stewardship framework for New Zealand. With product stewardship at the heart of what we do, 3R have made a submission to the report. A summary of our thinking on e-waste is below. So, what’s the problem? Disposal of e-waste to landfill in New Zealand is relatively cheap and easily available. In contrast, recycling opportunities for this plentiful waste stream tend to cost more than disposal and their availability is both limited and not readily available to consumers. In most cases, it is also cheaper to replace an item than to ...

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