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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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Making wheelie good use of solar power standard

The Whangaparaoa Community Recycling Centre has found a way to harness the power of the sun as it gears up for the busy festive season. The recycling centre recently began using a solar-powered wheelie bin lifter for glass recycling after being granted $11,000 by the Glass Packaging Forum (GPF). 3R Group are the scheme managers for the GPF. The machine, which was custom made by Simpro Engineering, lifts bins filled with colour-sorted container glass and tips it into a storage container at the small site. The glass can then be transported to New Zealand’s only glass manufacturers O-I New Zealand to be remade into new glass bottles and jars. The previous system saw workers manually pull the bins up a ...

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3R – e-news Oct17 – Finding the perfect balance image

Spring has most definitely arrived in the Bay with new growth springing up everywhere, Tuis dining out on kowhai blossoms and temperatures already reaching the mid-20’s. Here at 3R, we’ve been working on that perfect balance between growth and reduction – growing in terms of new faces, new connections and new opportunities, while always seeking out reductions in our carbon emissions through our carboNZero™ certification. This newsletter covers: Fresh faces – we welcome three new staff members Championing a clear solution – 3R appointed scheme managers for the Glass Packaging Forum Connecting the Bay – our SBN Regional Business Connector series Continued commitment to carboNZero Mattresses hit the front page Read the full newsletter

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