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New recycling stations look out for health of the Bay standard

Arohatia Te Mātau ā Māui, do you “Love your bay”? When you are at the Hawke’s Bay Hospital or the Napier Health Centre you will have a chance to show it, with new recycling stations and food scrap bins giving staff and visitors the chance to look out for the health of the patients and the environment too. The waste diversion options were created after the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB) partnered with Hastings-based resource recovery experts 3R Group to assess and better manage its waste. The stations incorporate the iconic view of Cape Kidnappers, with some stations including an interactive floor decal to encourage foot traffic to them. The two recently installed stations in Napier follow the installation ...

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Courtyard facelift with recycled paint standard

Giving the courtyard at the back or our building a facelift is something which has been on the to-do list for a while. It’s still an ongoing project but we are really pleased to have completed the first, and biggest, part of it by having a beautiful mural painted on the huge concrete wall overlooking the area. The work began with Hawke’s Bay student Maggie Dever taking on the job of preparing the wall. Even though this simply meant painting it white, it was no small task as she first had to clean the wall and apply a sealer before the three coats of undercoat, on a challenging surface. For the mural we approached Idea School at the Eastern Institute of Technology ...

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Reimagining solutions for recycled paint standard

by Harman Sandhu – Materials Innovation Manager I recently had the opportunity to present on my work around recycled paint at Australia’s leading waste management industry conference, the Coffs Harbour Waste Conference. It was a great opportunity to talk about the work we are doing at 3R Group on reimagining solutions for paint and packaging product stewardship in New Zealand. The three-day conference covered a wide range of topics from kerbside recycling to mattress and tyre recycling. In all it was a very informative and vibrant forum in which to exchange ideas and learn about new and innovative developments in the industry. The objective of my presentation was to share information on our paint stewardship schemes, with a focus on ...

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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 – which city will be first? standard

If the government was to say that waste was the focus of a new fiscal policy, many would rubbish the comments. But what if looking at waste in a new way could create jobs, reduce our trade deficit, and improve our environment? Well, that’s exactly the point of a circular economy. The term “circular economy” has been around for quite some time now, particular in the waste and resource recovery sectors but for many it’s still a foreign concept. For those unfamiliar with it, the basic principal of a circular economy is that used products and materials can be introduced back into the system to become the resources for new products and services. This improves the way we use our ...

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