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Call to end lubricant packaging waste standard

Media release Major lubricant industry brands are calling on importers and distributors in the market to join them in tackling the issue of millions of lubricant packages being discarded every year. A Waste Lubricant Container Product Stewardship Scheme has been established with the aims of exploring recycling options for lubricant containers. It is estimated that around 7 million (20 litre and under) lubricant and grease containers, plus an unknown number of 200 litre drums, are sent to landfills each year. The scheme will aim to “close the loop” on lubricant packaging and contribute to the development of a Circular Economy in New Zealand, with a focus on supporting the development of processing capacity and end use markets. “Considering that most ...

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Child car seat recycling a sign of the times standard

Just a few years ago there weren’t many people who would think it was possible to recycle a child car seat, much less have an option to actually do so. However, since the trial and official launch of the SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme over 8,000 seats have been diverted from landfill. The programme may seem rather niche in the greater recycling landscape but it’s a sign of things to come, when the majority of items coming into the household will have a pathway for reuse, repurposing or recycling. The increase in volume through SeatSmart over the last year is also an example of the dramatic change in how the public is starting to think and act in more ...

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3R among Enviro-Mark Solutions’ emissions reduction “exemplars” standard

We are really honoured have have been held up as “exemplars” of emissions reduction by Enviro-Mark Solutions. Their chief executive Dr Ann Smith recently spoke to The Herald about a surge in companies wanting to measure and manage their emissions. This comes as public consultation is set to begin on the Zero Carbon Bill. Read more about it.

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Moves to declare end of life tyres a priority product standard

New Zealand has edged one step closer to solving its ever-mounting problem with end of life tyres. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff welcomed comments from Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage on the declaration of end of life tyres as a priority product, on May 18. This would see the establishment of New Zealand’s first mandatory product stewardship scheme for end of life tyres as recommended by Tyrewise, and would be the first time a NZ government has announced a priority product. MORE MEDIA: – Mayor wants scheme to stop tyre waste – Listen to Minister Eugenie Sage and Mayor Phil Goff speak on the day – New facility to tackle NZ’s tyre recycling challenge – Auckland recycling plant to ...

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Landmark report predicts huge economic benefits from circular economy standard

A landmark report, supported by 3R Group, has predicted an increase in economic activity for Auckland of up to $8.8 billion should the city move to a low carbon, circular economy. However, as 3R Chief Executive Adele Rose points out it is not only the nation’s most populous city which can benefit from a shift to the circular economy, but the regions too. The Circular Economy Opportunity for Auckland report, produced by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) in partnership with Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED), is the first of its kind in New Zealand. It looked at what economic benefits a move to a circular economy by 2030 would bring Auckland. Resource recovery experts 3R supported the report ...

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Film about thinking global, acting local standard

3R hosted a movie night featuring the Kiwi-made documentary Living the Change, as the first Sustainable Business Network Business Connector event of the year, on April 19. We caught up with the flimmakers Antoinette Wilson and Jordan Osmond. What inspired you and Jordan to make this film in the first place? When we began this project we were at the end of a year-long living-on-set project making our first feature film, A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity, in which we explored many of these issues through the perspective of a group of people living simply, living in community and seeking to understand what it would take to live with a ‘one-world footprint’. That project was a huge learning curve for ...

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