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New campaign to help businesses take more responsibility for what they make standard

Sustainable Business Network media release: A business campaign to increase ‘product take back’ schemes has won the support of the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund.  Product stewardship is when producers, brand owners, importers, retailers and/or consumers accept responsibility for reducing a product’s environmental impact. It involves greater oversight and control throughout the whole life cycle, from production through to end of use and beyond. It means avoiding wasteful products. It means eliminating unnecessary waste. It means redesigning products. It means doing more to ensure products and materials are recycled or reused. The Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund has granted $160,000 to the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) for a two-year campaign to promote this. The work will include a national product stewardship roadshow. ...

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Minister’s priority product announcement “groundbreaking” standard

Government’s announcement that it will begin consulting on a plan to make multiple industries accountable for their products and packaging at end of life is groundbreaking, but long overdue, for New Zealand. This is according to product stewardship specialists 3R Group. Chief Executive Adele Rose says the announcement is one of the most significant in terms of tackling waste, and finally makes use of powerful tools provided by the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage today announced consultation will begin on a proposal to declare consumer goods packaging, tyres, e-waste, refrigerants and other synthetic gases, agrichemicals and their containers, and farm plastics priority products under the Act. Adele says many people aren’t aware that voluntary ...

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People, people, people – the future of work standard

by Adele Rose, 3R Group Chief Executive What is the future of work? Is it a world filled with automation – machines ceaselessly performing tasks humans once did, never tiring, never falling ill, generating maximum profit? I believe he tangata, he tangata, he tangata (it is the people, it is the people, it is the people). I believe this because there is a shift starting to happen in business in which the impact of what we do is becoming an important metric of success. In the recent Institute of Directors Magazine overview by Chief Executive Kirsten Patterson, she states the seasons are changing. The skills needed to lead through the future of work challenges of tomorrow are quite different to ...

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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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