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Kick starting the Circular Economy standard

This is the third article in a series about councils and the circular economy. In the previous two, I challenged cites (and districts) as to who would be the first to embrace the circular economy and where they could find the funds to do this. Typically, councils in New Zealand only manage around 30% of the waste stream and that tends to be waste produced by householders. The vast majority of waste is produced and managed by the private sector, so it’s tricky for councils to directly influence these waste producers. However, there are still plenty of ways that councils can help to reduce waste within their district and encourage a shift towards a circular economy. This article highlights a ...

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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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The State of the Sustainable Nation standard

The concept of “sustainable business” would be familiar to many managers these days, but what’s it like to work at the forefront of the industry, at the green coal-face so to speak? What are the challenges and where is New Zealand heading? NZ Manufacturer spoke to Adele our Chief Executive about their work helping businesses and consumers operate more sustainably. NZM: 3R works in a pretty unique space. Tell us more about what you do. AR: Fundamentally we help businesses and industry create value and opportunity from addressing their waste issues. So often, products are put in the ‘too hard basket’ and simply dumped even though they can actually be recycled; everyday items like mattresses, tyres, paint, chemical containers, contaminated ...

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Stewardship specialists reject call for container deposit scheme standard

Press Release 03/08/16 Responding to renewed calls for refunds for empty bottles, product stewardship specialist 3R Group Ltd say the focus should be on products that have no current recycling options, not products that already achieve relatively high recycling rates. “New Zealand should be focused on other products which unnecessarily end up in landfill despite international examples of recycling success, such as tyres,” says 3R Group’s Chief Executive Adele Rose. 3R Group, who specialise in diverting waste from landfill and turning that waste into a resource, were the project leader on the recent Tyrewise initiative.  Tyrewise had widespread industry support to create a programme that would divert a significant portion of the 4 million passenger and 1 million truck and ...

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