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Lubricant Container Stewardship Scheme standard

The number of lubricant containers sold into the New Zealand market has been revised down following further investigation by the Waste Lubricant Container Working Group (WLCWG) as part of the development of a Lubricant Container Stewardship Scheme. Meetings held with companies selling lubricants into the market prior to the project commencing indicated there could be more than 7 million lubricant containers going to landfill each year. Following declarations from a larger number of stakeholders, the group revised this figure down to 4.5 million. Adele Rose, CE of project manager 3R Group, said this is a natural progression as work on the project advances. “As we work through our milestones, details become clearer and we are able to refine early assumptions. ...

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The plural of plastic standard

by Natalie Martin, 3R Material Innovation Manager Plastic is a hot topic around the world these days, and so it should be. The terrible effects it has on the environment are undeniable, and there is evidence those effects are circling back to us. Plastic has also become something of the posterchild for society’s conspicuous over-consumption. But is plastic all bad? The short answer is actually, no. Plastic – first developed by British inventor Alexander Parkes in the early 1860s – was hailed as something of a miracle substance. Light, durable, easy to sterilise, cheap to make – the list of positive properties is impressive. Without plastic the world would be a very different place than it is today – simply ...

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Refrigerant Recovery at WasteMINZ standard

The annual WasteMINZ Conference provided an excellent platform to highlight the issues facing the Trust for the Destruction of Synthetic Refrigerants (RECOVERY). End-of-life refrigerant disposal demand is growing and it is forecast to continue growing over the coming years. Unfortunately demand is at a greater rate than the contribution of levies from RECOVERY’s members. Lionel Rowe of the Trust and 3R Business Development Director, Darren Patterson, were invited to talk about the new Refrigerant project at the recent WasteMINZ Conference. The Trust, on behalf of its members, are sponsoring the project which will look at how to address the levy shortfall and enable RECOVERY to continue its work. Click here to view their joint presentation.

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Waste Lubricant Packaging at WasteMINZ standard

The annual WasteMINZ Conference is a great place to learn and share new ideas about waste minimisation, recycling, product stewardship and the circular economy in New Zealand. 3R Chief Executive Adele Rose was invited to talk about one of our latest industry stewardship scheme projects, Waste Lubricant Packaging, which looks to address the issue of recycling lubricant containers and drums. She was joined by Oil Intel Ltd (Total Brand) Technical Support, Bob Foothead, Farmlands Co-Operative (Gulf Oil Brand) National Manager, Sander Kriek, and Z Energy (Caltex Brand) Lubricants Manager, Steve McGregor. Click here to view their joint presentation.

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A circular future with stewardship at the centre standard

by Adele Rose, 3R Chief Executive Mention the term ‘product stewardship’ to the first person you bump into on the street and chances are you will be met with a blank look. The truth is, it’s not a widely known concept in New Zealand. It also is and isn’t a simple one either. Suggest that manufacturers and retailers should take responsibility for the products they make and sell throughout the lifetime of those products (the definition of product stewardship), and the blank look will probably turn into a puzzled one. MORE MEDIA: Read this story and more in the August edition of Revolve magazine Fast-forward to the year 2050 and this will be a different story. The terms ‘sustainably produced’, ...

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Taking a stand on climate change standard

3R Group has signed up to the Climate Leaders Coalition, joining a group of businesses dedicated to “forging a path to create a future that is low-emission, positive for our businesses and economy, and inclusive for all New Zealanders”. (CEO Climate Change Statement) This commits us to: measure our greenhouse gas emissions and publicly report on them set a public emissions reduction target consistent with keeping within 2° of warming work with our suppliers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions Even though we are only a small business with a turnover of less than $5M pa and 26 staff working nationally we believe our role is to lead the way for other SMEs. While we are among giants of industry, ...

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