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Waste Lubricant Packaging at WasteMINZ standard

The annual WasteMINZ Conference is a great place to learn and share new ideas about waste minimisation, recycling, product stewardship and the circular economy in New Zealand. 3R Chief Executive Adele Rose was invited to talk about one of our latest industry stewardship scheme projects, Waste Lubricant Packaging, which looks to address the issue of recycling lubricant containers and drums. She was joined by Oil Intel Ltd (Total Brand) Technical Support, Bob Foothead, Farmlands Co-Operative (Gulf Oil Brand) National Manager, Sander Kriek, and Z Energy (Caltex Brand) Lubricants Manager, Steve McGregor. Click here to view their joint presentation.

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Glass Packaging Forum standard

Glass Packaging Forum The concept of recycling glass dates back to the Romans, who realised the benefits of using old glass to make new glass. Today, returning glass bottles and jars to the furnace to make new ones is still accepted as the best outcome.   Initiative: Glass Packaging Forum Product Stewardship Scheme Client: Glass Packaging Forum Brief: Manage the accredited product stewardship scheme Improve the quality and quantity of glass available for recycling Raise the profile of glass as a highly recyclable, circular resource Work with Forum members, industry, government and other organisations to achieve glass recycling goals 3R Role: Scheme managers Steering glass stewardship 3R Group were contracted as scheme managers for the Glass Packaging Forum's accredited product stewardship scheme in April 2017.  Established in 2006, the Glass Packaging Forum is ...

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Taking a stand on climate change standard

3R Group has signed up to the Climate Leaders Coalition, joining a group of businesses dedicated to “forging a path to create a future that is low-emission, positive for our businesses and economy, and inclusive for all New Zealanders”. (CEO Climate Change Statement) This commits us to: measure our greenhouse gas emissions and publicly report on them set a public emissions reduction target consistent with keeping within 2° of warming work with our suppliers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions Even though we are only a small business with a turnover of less than $5M pa and 26 staff working nationally we believe our role is to lead the way for other SMEs. While we are among giants of industry, ...

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Call to end lubricant packaging waste standard

Media release Major lubricant industry brands are calling on importers and distributors in the market to join them in tackling the issue of millions of lubricant packages being discarded every year. A Waste Lubricant Container Product Stewardship Scheme has been established with the aims of exploring recycling options for lubricant containers. It is estimated that around 7 million (20 litre and under) lubricant and grease containers, plus an unknown number of 200 litre drums, are sent to landfills each year. The scheme will aim to “close the loop” on lubricant packaging and contribute to the development of a Circular Economy in New Zealand, with a focus on supporting the development of processing capacity and end use markets. “Considering that most ...

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Lubricant Container Stewardship Programme standard

Around 4.5 million lubricant containers are discarded every year in New Zealand. Lubricant packaging is hazardous and problematic to recycle due to the residue left inside even when they’re empty. This makes the containers and drums difficult to handle and lowers their value as a useful recycled material. While a small percentage are recycled, the majority end up in landfill. New Zealand's leading lubricant manufacturers and distributors are working to change that. With 3R Group as project manager, together, we’ve formed a working group to develop a Lubricant Container Product Stewardship Programme to close the loop and make drums and containers a valuable circular resource. What we aim to do Maximise the number of lubricant containers diverted from landfill Maximise recovery and recycling by supporting development of end use ...

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Making the most of adaptive reuse standard

Featured speaker at SBN / 3R Business Connector event in September. Mention the word ‘upcycling’ and you’ll probably think about tired old furniture or discarded and otherwise useless items which have been spruced up, repurposed and given a new life. However, upcycling isn’t restricted to things you can hold in your hands – the idea can be applied to entire buildings. The FG Smiths building in Napier is a great example, with a once low-value warehouse having been transformed into a trendy and very usable space. The building was the venue for our third Sustainable Business Network (SBN) Regional Business Connector event. PMA Architects were the creative force behind the build, so it was fitting to have Associate Principal Ezra Kelly ...

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