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Increasing the waste levy – cut waste and create jobs standard

Increasing the waste levy will significantly reduce the high volume of waste being sent to landfill and help create jobs. The report “A Wasted Opportunity” released today by the New Zealand Waste Levy Action Group recommends broadening and raising the levy charged on all waste sent to landfill. Currently $10 per tonne, the levy is well below that of other countries charging a similar levy. Adele Rose, 3R Group Chief Executive, believes New Zealand’s low rates of resource recovery and product stewardship have a direct correlation to the levy. “The low value placed on our waste provides little or no incentive for businesses or consumers to change their behaviour and seek out more positive outcomes for their ‘rubbish’. Mrs Rose ...

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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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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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20 years and still waiting… standard

By Darren Patterson In 1996 the OECD produced a report on the environmental performance of New Zealand. A review it carries out for all of its members every 10 years. In this report, amongst other things, it stated: “Waste management policies and programmes are hampered by a lack of reliable, comprehensive information on sources of waste and waste generation” and, “New Zealand lacks comprehensive legislation dealing specifically with both waste and hazardous waste” At the beginning of this century the Ministry for the Environment set about addressing these and other issues raised. They produced a series guidelines focusing on areas of waste management, culminating in the release of the New Zealand Waste Strategy in 2002; a strategy that set some ...

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On the road with MP Jo Hayes image

In July 3R Group hosted MP Jo Hayes (National list MP) as part of a three day Business Study Programme through the NZ Business and Parliament Trust. The aim of the Trust is to foster better understanding of kiwi businesses for MP’s and to help business better understand and engage with government. 3R is the smallest and only regional company to belong to the NZ Business and Parliament Trust with a unique focus on waste to resource. Jo answered a few questions for us on her study visit which took in 3R’s business operations in Hastings, Auckland and Christchurch. What were your initial impressions of 3R? On arrival I was met by the CEO Adele Rose at the Hastings Head ...

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E-waste – it won’t go away by itself… image

This week saw the final day to submit feedback on the E-Waste Product Stewardship Preliminary Report. The report is being prepared as part of the development of an e-waste product stewardship framework for New Zealand. With product stewardship at the heart of what we do, 3R have made a submission to the report. A summary of our thinking on e-waste is below. So, what’s the problem? Disposal of e-waste to landfill in New Zealand is relatively cheap and easily available. In contrast, recycling opportunities for this plentiful waste stream tend to cost more than disposal and their availability is both limited and not readily available to consumers. In most cases, it is also cheaper to replace an item than to ...

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