Like plastic, one of New Zealand’s biggest challenges with fibre is a limited capacity to recycle it onshore.
There’s a fast-growing move to compostable packaging, but no national standard, labelling, or collection system, and few compost processors willing to take it.
Designers and packaging technologists must balance food safety and wastage with the sustainability of the packaging.
Government is tackling the issue of plastic waste with a two-pronged approach – regulated stewardship, and proposed phase-outs and bans.
Electric-powered vehicles are nothing new, but it’s only in recent years they have begun to gain a foothold in the light vehicle market in New Zealand.
Confused about alternatives to 'traditional' plastic packaging, like biodegradable, degradable and compostable options? Don't worry, help is at hand.
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ISO 14001:2015 is an internationally recognised standard that certifies our commitment to environmental management systems and safe work practices.
Consistent with our environmental policy, the intended outcomes of our environmental management system include:
Our ISO 14001:2015 certification includes 3R Operations, the Paint Product Stewardship Programmes, ChemCollect Service and the SeatSmart Child Car Seat Recycling Programme (owned and operated by 3R).
This certification is audited by TELARC.
ISO 45001:2018 certification has been chosen to demonstrate the importance we place in caring for our people as we bring to life our values of Kaitiakitanga and Manaakitanga.
Keeping our team safe, healthy and happy is a primary focus for our business. We feel that the work our operations staff do makes this particularly important. Their responsibilities can include collecting and processing paint; collecting chemicals; driving trucks around the country; and getting hands-on with work wherever needed.
3R received ISO 45001:2018 certification in 2021. The ISO 45001:2018 certificate is valid for 3 years and includes annual surveillance audits which provide a valuable framework for further growth.
New Zealand is “one of the highest generators of waste per person in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)”. The way we currently produce and manage our waste is not sustainable.
The current economy in New Zealand is linear: this equates to a process of take-make-use-dispose. The aim of the government is to move towards a circular economy.
A circular economy can refer to either biological or technical materials.
With biological materials, the cycle could be defined as make-consume-enrich. In this cycle waste returns to the environment and enriches the land.
A technical materials cycle may be more like make-use-return. In a technical materials cycle waste is repurposed and used to make something new.
Whether you need help with biological materials, technical materials, or both; 3R can partner with your business to assess your current waste, then help you reduce it.
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