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Trial aims to kick car bumper waste to the curb standard

The practice of sending hundreds of thousands of car bumpers to the dump may become a thing of the past in New Zealand, with work underway to start a recycling programme. 3R began a car bumper collection trial in Christchurch this month with the aim of creating an ongoing recycling programme. For the trial they joined forces with the Motor Trade Association (MTA), with six MTA-affiliated collision repair workshops in Christchurch taking part. The majority of bumpers found on passenger vehicles in New Zealand are made of the recyclable plastic polypropylene (PP), the same material used to make a myriad of everyday items like clothing pegs, chairs and food containers. In 2016 more than 77,000 bumpers were imported to replace ...

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Carbon credits in a nutshell standard

What is a carbon credit? What makes for a credible carbon credit and how does it all work? The concept of carbon credits is relatively new to the industrialised world. The first time it was seen was in the United States at the end of the 1980s with the cap and trade system. This allowed companies to produce a set amount of carbon emissions. If they exceeded their cap they had to buy credits to offset their emission overdraft, but if they didn’t they could sell their excess to other companies. However, the cap and trade system was viewed by some as simply a way of ‘paying to pollute’. Enviro-Mark Solutions senior advisor Stu McKenzie says that while carbon credits ...

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Partnering to accelerate the New Zealand circular economy standard

The circular economy is the economy of the future, and 3R Group are proud to have joined as Foundation Partners of the newly launched Circular Economy Accelerator (CEA). 3R, along with Fuji Xerox are the first to get on board with the Sustainable Business Network-led initiative. As the name suggests it aims to speed up the growth of the circular economy in New Zealand. “It’s crucial that the CEA aligns with suitable organisations and the work 3R Group have been doing for years to facilitate a more circular economy in New Zealand is truly impressive,” says SBN General Manager Projects and Advisory James Griffin. “We are delighted that they have come onboard as a Foundation Partner to allow us to ...

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A sustainable partnership for zero waste standard

The NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards 2017 were once again a great event to be involved with, and we were proud to be an Event Partner for the second year running. The black-tie event, held at Auckland’s waterfront on November 29, featured the heavy hitters of New Zealand’s sustainable business world – from large corporates to small enterprises making a big difference. It was particularly significant to see Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as well as Climate Change Minister James Shaw, Environment and Economic Development Minister David Parker and Napier MP Stuart Nash turn out for the awards. It was the first time in a decade a Prime Minister has attended the event. Much has been said in the new Government’s ...

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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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