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Video – helping New Zealand reach zero waste by 2050 standard

We were delighted to be asked by BusinessNZ to be part of a series of videos showcasing New Zealand businesses who are making a difference. In our case, it’s all about helping New Zealand reach zero waste by 2050. We’re in good company in making this video with BusinessNZ – other companies featured are Waikato Milking Systems, Mercury and Orion Health. We’re proud to be part of the Sustainable Business Council.

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Circular Economy – the time to Act is now! standard

This is my second article of three, focusing on the circular economy in New Zealand. In my last article I challenged cities (and by association districts too) as to who would be the first in New Zealand to fully embrace the circular economy. This article focuses on how they can fund this. Last week, I gave three examples of places that had recently made a significant commitment to jump-start their circular economies. The amounts of money they are committing is huge; in the millions of dollars. Those figures are an indicator of their commitment to this paradigm shift. For most New Zealand cities or districts access to this kind of money is impossible, and that’s where the idea of a local ...

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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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20 years and still waiting… standard

By Darren Patterson In 1996 the OECD produced a report on the environmental performance of New Zealand. A review it carries out for all of its members every 10 years. In this report, amongst other things, it stated: “Waste management policies and programmes are hampered by a lack of reliable, comprehensive information on sources of waste and waste generation” and, “New Zealand lacks comprehensive legislation dealing specifically with both waste and hazardous waste” At the beginning of this century the Ministry for the Environment set about addressing these and other issues raised. They produced a series guidelines focusing on areas of waste management, culminating in the release of the New Zealand Waste Strategy in 2002; a strategy that set some ...

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The State of the Sustainable Nation standard

The concept of “sustainable business” would be familiar to many managers these days, but what’s it like to work at the forefront of the industry, at the green coal-face so to speak? What are the challenges and where is New Zealand heading? NZ Manufacturer spoke to Adele our Chief Executive about their work helping businesses and consumers operate more sustainably. NZM: 3R works in a pretty unique space. Tell us more about what you do. AR: Fundamentally we help businesses and industry create value and opportunity from addressing their waste issues. So often, products are put in the ‘too hard basket’ and simply dumped even though they can actually be recycled; everyday items like mattresses, tyres, paint, chemical containers, contaminated ...

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