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SeatSmart programme expands into Timaru standard

The Timaru District Council is among those in Canterbury leading the way with innovative child car seat recycling as four sites become available in the district for people to responsibly dispose of their unwanted seats. SeatSmart has partnered with the Timaru District Council as well as Waimakariri and Hurunui district councils to introduce 11 new drop-off sites in Canterbury. This sees the total number of sites around New Zealand grow to 32 in eight regions. The 11 new sites, added to the two currently in Christchurch and one in Rolleston, make Canterbury the region with the most SeatSmart collection sites in New Zealand. In the Timaru district, seats can be dropped off at the Redruth Resource Recovery Park in Timaru ...

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SeatSmart expands into Canterbury with seven new sites standard

People in Canterbury have even more options for recycling child car seats as seven new sites become available in the region. SeatSmart partnered with the Waimakariri and Hurunui district councils to introduce the new drop-off sites, which sees the total number in New Zealand grow to 29 in eight regions. Four sites are also due to be available in Timaru soon. The new Canterbury sites will be located at transfer stations and resource recovery parks in Amberley, Cheviot, Hanmer Springs, Waiau, Culverden, Rangiora and Oxford. These add to the two currently in Christchurch and one in Rolleston, and make Canterbury the region with the most sites for child car seat recycling. Programme manager Toni Bye says it is great to ...

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Lucky break keeps dumped chemicals out the bush standard

Media release: A case of some lucky coincidence has seen dangerous chemicals removed from the side of a state highway in Waikato after they were illegally dumped. The find was made by ChemCollect chemical collections expert Mark Rose, who had pulled his truck over near Tahuna, 47km outside Hamilton, for a rest break between jobs on Wednesday last week (November 22). He quickly contacted his manager, who made contact with the Waikato Regional Council. ChemCollect is a chemical collection and disposal service run by Hastings-based resource recovery experts 3R Group. Rose safely picked up the containers, however one had already leaked its contents onto the ground. The containers held an agricultural chemical and acid, and appeared to have been recently ...

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SeatSmart celebrates 6000th seat standard

The 3R run SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme reached an exciting milestone when we collected our 6000th seat last month. The seat was collected from Baby on the Move Botany in Auckland. The programme was officially launched in April 2016 with the aim of tackling the large number of child car seats going to landfill each year. At least 40,000 child car restraints reach their expiry date each year in New Zealand. Most end up in landfill, despite around 90 per cent of a typical seat being recyclable. SeatSmart aims to tackle this waste issue and at the same time raise awareness of expiry dates on car seats which in turn improves safety for children on our roads. The ...

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Increasing the waste levy – cut waste and create jobs standard

Increasing the waste levy will significantly reduce the high volume of waste being sent to landfill and help create jobs. The report “A Wasted Opportunity” released today by the New Zealand Waste Levy Action Group recommends broadening and raising the levy charged on all waste sent to landfill. Currently $10 per tonne, the levy is well below that of other countries charging a similar levy. Adele Rose, 3R Group Chief Executive, believes New Zealand’s low rates of resource recovery and product stewardship have a direct correlation to the levy. “The low value placed on our waste provides little or no incentive for businesses or consumers to change their behaviour and seek out more positive outcomes for their ‘rubbish’. Mrs Rose ...

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Tyre recycling initiatives welcomed standard

Recycling specialists 3R Group are welcoming today’s announcement from the Minister for the Environment of $18.6 million in funding for used tyre recycling initiatives. “There is no doubt that this is a positive step forward in dealing with the more than five million tyres that reach their end of life each year in New Zealand,” said 3R Chief Executive Adele Rose, “however we are disappointed that these initiatives are not part of a wider product stewardship approach for tyres.” 3R Group led the industry-supported Tyrewise project which proposed compulsory product stewardship for used tyres in New Zealand. Tyrewise would have seen the current $3-$5 per tyre disposal fee charged by the vast majority of tyre retailers scraped in favour of ...

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