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Chemical collection service helps add to Million Metres planting standard

Six months worth of work by 3R Group’s ChemCollect service has not only meant some 8.8 tonnes of chemicals have been properly collected and disposed of, but a Central Hawke’s Bay stream restoration project has benefited too. 3R has committed to donate $200 for every tonne of material collected by ChemCollect to a Million Metres Streams project, every six months. The third donation to date saw over $1700 go to a project aimed at restoring 1km of a tributary of the Porangahau river – paying for some 60 metres of planting. The project is being run by landowners, the Clark’s, a fifth generation family farming ‘Airlie’ at Wanstead. Sam Clark and his wife Cookie recently took over the 450ha farm and have been working ...

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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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Chemical collections help fund Million Metres Streams planting standard

We have been doing chemical collections for nearly 10 years and know that chemicals incorrectly disposed of often end up in our waterways. Safely collecting and disposing of these hazardous materials helps to preserve our ecosystems, however we wanted to take it a step further. As part of our new ChemCollect service we will donate $200 for every tonne of materials collected to a Million Metres Streams Project, restoring and protecting our waterways. Our first donation of $1,720 has gone to the Silver Stream Restoration Project in Clarkville, outside Christchurch. This is based on the 8.6 tonnes of chemicals collected between 1 April and 31 September this year. “Canterbury has a big farming community, with a large number of ChemCollect bookings ...

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Planting for the future standard

Featured speaker at SBN / 3R Business Connector event in March. It is always great to hear about success stories and the Maraetōtara Tree Trust is just one such example. The trust set out in 2002 to restore the Maraetōtara River and nearly 15 years later they have cleared, fenced, had covenants registered and planted 43 kilometres of the river’s length with native shrubs and trees. It has seen a big effort on the part of the trustees, other volunteers, sponsors as well as key partnerships with landowners, the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Cape to City. In the 15 years since the Maraetōtara Tree Trust was formed about 43kms of both sides of the Maraetōtara River has had willows ...

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Letting nature take the lead standard

Featured speaker at SBN / 3R Business Connector event in March. In the words of Greg Hart, “The way we currently practise agriculture is one of the biggest problems on the planet, but it has the potential to be one of the biggest solutions”. It’s the sort of sentiment which has seen Mangarara Station owners Greg and Rachel Hart spend around 12 years converting from the more traditional style of farming they grew up with to a more sustainable approach. They have a strong focus on maintaining clean water, building soils and increasing biodiversity on their land as well as spreading a general awareness through education. “We take our lead from nature,” Greg says. As such the farm is also ...

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