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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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The time for sustainability is now standard

By Adele Rose, 3R Group Chief Executive Working in sustainability can be frustrating sometimes. The problems can look too big, too embedded, changes take too long. But then again, we’re an optimistic lot – tough and resilient, with an eye on what could be, where the opportunities lie and how, with a good nudge, we could make the changes that will take us down a better path. Get a group of us in the same room and the energy and excitement for how business can lead us to this better future is palpable.  Sadly, the ‘nudge’ isn’t quite what any of us had in mind – a global pandemic. The scale of the human toll is undeniable, both from the effects of ...

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ChemCollect helps plant trees in our back yard standard

Since its inception our ChemCollect service has looked to maximise its positive impact on the environment. In late 2017 we took the decision to further this impact by donating to a Million Metres Streams project twice a year. The amount donated is based on the tonnage of materials collected from the rural sector and through our MyHazWaste events. The start of 2020 has been no different with our latest donation having gone to the Brookby Project – Papakura Stream in Auckland.  While all the projects we donate to are deserving, this was particularly fitting as our Auckland depot is located in Papakura – which is just opposite where the stream empties into the Pahurehure Inlet, Manukau Harbour. The project aims ...

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How to start your journey of climate change action standard

Accelerated climate change has been dubbed “this generation’s nuclear-free moment”, and while there is ever-growing awareness in the business world, actually starting to do something about it can be difficult – until now. Hawke’s Bay sustainability experts 3R Group are running the first of a series of workshops and events covering topics around climate action impacts, such as measuring and reducing emissions, energy, transport, water, and people. The first workshop, being held in Napier in May/June (date to be announced soon), will focus on leading organisations through the process of getting started on their climate action journey. “Many organisations want to do something to tackle accelerated climate change, but don’t know where to begin. This first workshop will look at ...

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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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