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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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Leading the Way standard

“10 New Zealand business stars show how it’s done” We’re pretty honoured to be featured as one of the ten, in BusinessNZ’s “Leading the Way” publication. And, we’re in fine company. Other featured companies are Orion Healthcare, Spark, Contact Energy, ApparelMaster, Deadly Ponies, Waikato Milking Systems, Family of 12, Bobux and Mercury. Read these inspirational business stories: “LEADING THE WAY” “We do what we do because we believe that natural capital has a value. That means that the air we breathe, the waterways we use and the land we work with has a value to us and our future generations.”

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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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