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A must read if you make, sell or import products in New Zealand standard

New Zealand is set to change tack in a big way on how it tackles waste, with the Government proposing sweeping changes impacting business, consumers, and the public sector.  The Ministry for the Environment’s Taking responsibility for our waste consultation document sets out a framework to radically transform not only the way we deal with waste but how it’s created in the first place. This means the effects will be seen across the business landscape, particularly on those which import, manufacture or sell products in NZ, with a focus on product stewardship, the right to repair, the right to return and banning problematic materials. What it’s all about The consultation document sets out a new waste strategy and legislation to ...

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Resene PaintWise™ welcomes Minister’s priority product announcement standard

The country’s only voluntary accredited product stewardship scheme for paint and packaging, Resene PaintWise™, has welcomed the Government’s move to make industry responsible for their packaging. Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage today (29 July) announced plastic packaging as a priority product under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. She also announced tyres, refrigerants, e-waste, agrichemicals and their containers, and farm plastics as priority products under the Act. PaintWise programme manager Trevor Tutt, of sustainability experts 3R Group, says the announcement is a game changer for New Zealand in terms of managing our waste. “This means importers, producers and retailers would have to be participants in a regulated product stewardship scheme which ensures their products’ packaging is effectively managed and ...

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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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