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Circular Economy – which city will be first? standard

If the government was to say that waste was the focus of a new fiscal policy, many would rubbish the comments. But what if looking at waste in a new way could create jobs, reduce our trade deficit, and improve our environment? Well, that’s exactly the point of a circular economy. The term “circular economy” has been around for quite some time now, particular in the waste and resource recovery sectors but for many it’s still a foreign concept. For those unfamiliar with it, the basic principal of a circular economy is that used products and materials can be introduced back into the system to become the resources for new products and services. This improves the way we use our ...

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Internship at 3R standard

3R had the pleasure of hosting two American interns last month – Ben Morrison, from Quincy, Illinois and Ashley Burns, from Novi, Michigan. The internship was part of Massey University’s National Expedition and Internship (NEI) – a six week programme for US undergraduates studying in the areas of agriculture, environment and food.  It includes a three week internship at various companies in the Hawke’s Bay. 3R were looking for two students to work on a project with Gareth Mentzer looking at alternative uses for recycled water-based paint.  With a strong environmental focus in both their studies and interests, Ben and Ashley proved to be a great fit for the project and 3R. In addition to their research into end uses for ...

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Let’s not wait… standard

At the end of October I had the pleasure of attending the 2014 Rubber Recycling Symposium in Montreal in October. The theme of the symposium was “Driving Innovation to Drive Markets” and it brought together tyre makers, recyclers and programme managers from North America as well as guests from Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and Africa. The conference celebrated the achievements made in virtually clearing legacy stockpiles in North America and their high rates of recycling current end-of-life tyres, as well as shared lessons learned.  Also, for the first time, tyre designers and recyclers were talking with each other about the changing makeup of tyres, how this will impact on recycling options and how to collaborate across the value chain. A consistent theme was ...

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