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Game-changing Government announcement in the war on waste standard

MEDIA RELEASE: New Zealand has one of the worst records on waste in the OECD but that’s all about to change, says industry expert Adele Rose. Today (29 July), the Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage, declared six product categories ‘priority products’, changing how we will manage our most problematic waste streams, says Adele, Chief Executive of sustainability specialists 3R Group. “Single-use plastic packaging, tyres, e-waste, synthetic refrigerant gases, agricultural plastics and agrichemicals have all been singled out for the harm the Government considers they cause in the environment when their disposal is not properly managed.” According to Adele, this is the single biggest announcement in terms of waste reduction and resource recovery in New Zealand history. “The announcement ...

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Businesses, councils unite on climate action in Hawke’s Bay standard

An ambitious initiative to galvanise collaboration between Hawke’s Bay businesses and councils on climate change kicked off in Napier yesterday. The Climate Action HB: Business CoLab event on 25 November saw over 100 people from the region’s businesses and councils come together to begin plotting a way forward for Hawke’s Bay to transition to a low-emissions economy.  Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Hastings-based sustainability specialists 3R Group, with the support of Napier, Hastings, Central HB and Wairoa councils, teamed up to host the event. Those that attended included major regional stakeholders such as Napier Port, Hawke’s Bay Airport, and Pan Pac Forest Products, as well as businesses from the primary industry, engineering, retail and hospitality sectors. Speakers included Regional Council ...

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New campaign to help businesses take more responsibility for what they make standard

Sustainable Business Network media release: A business campaign to increase ‘product take back’ schemes has won the support of the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund.  Product stewardship is when producers, brand owners, importers, retailers and/or consumers accept responsibility for reducing a product’s environmental impact. It involves greater oversight and control throughout the whole life cycle, from production through to end of use and beyond. It means avoiding wasteful products. It means eliminating unnecessary waste. It means redesigning products. It means doing more to ensure products and materials are recycled or reused. The Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund has granted $160,000 to the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) for a two-year campaign to promote this. The work will include a national product stewardship roadshow. ...

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Zero Carbon Bill welcome news for Hawke’s Bay standard

Media Release The release of the Zero Carbon Bill is welcome news, particularly in Hawke’s Bay where the effects of coastal erosion and weather events due to climate change are already being felt, says Hawke’s Bay sustainability expert and Chief Executive of 3R Group, Adele Rose. The Climate Change Response Amendment (Zero Carbon) Bill is a landmark piece of legislation for New Zealand and is long overdue, Adele says. “Tackling climate change is something which requires collective action, with central government legislation being vital.” If passed, the bill will set greenhouse gas emissions targets into law, with a target of net zero long-lived emission by 2050. “For regions like Hawke’s Bay, action on climate change is critical. Our coast is ...

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Packaging Forum welcomes proposed ban on single use plastic bags standard

MEDIA RELEASE: The Packaging Forum welcomes the Government’s proposal to ban all single use plastic, biodegradable and compostable bags to set a level playing field for the retail industry and to take an estimated 800 million bags out of circulation. Lyn Mayes, Manager Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme said: “Based on a recent audit around 10% of the number of bags which we collect are single use shopping carrier bags. These bags are not just from supermarkets but a wide range of retail chains as well as dairies. We have also noticed an increase in degradable and compostable bags which are a contaminant in our recycling stream. “The soft plastic recycling scheme has a target of a 35% recovery rate by ...

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Landmark report predicts huge economic benefits from circular economy standard

A landmark report, supported by 3R Group, has predicted an increase in economic activity for Auckland of up to $8.8 billion should the city move to a low carbon, circular economy. However, as 3R Chief Executive Adele Rose points out it is not only the nation’s most populous city which can benefit from a shift to the circular economy, but the regions too. The Circular Economy Opportunity for Auckland report, produced by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) in partnership with Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED), is the first of its kind in New Zealand. It looked at what economic benefits a move to a circular economy by 2030 would bring Auckland. Resource recovery experts 3R supported the report ...

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