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Game-changing Government announcement in the war on waste standard

MEDIA RELEASE: New Zealand has one of the worst records on waste in the OECD but that’s all about to change, says industry expert Adele Rose. Today (29 July), the Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage, declared six product categories ‘priority products’, changing how we will manage our most problematic waste streams, says Adele, Chief Executive of sustainability specialists 3R Group. “Single-use plastic packaging, tyres, e-waste, synthetic refrigerant gases, agricultural plastics and agrichemicals have all been singled out for the harm the Government considers they cause in the environment when their disposal is not properly managed.” According to Adele, this is the single biggest announcement in terms of waste reduction and resource recovery in New Zealand history. “The announcement ...

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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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People, people, people – the future of work standard

by Adele Rose, 3R Group Chief Executive What is the future of work? Is it a world filled with automation – machines ceaselessly performing tasks humans once did, never tiring, never falling ill, generating maximum profit? I believe he tangata, he tangata, he tangata (it is the people, it is the people, it is the people). I believe this because there is a shift starting to happen in business in which the impact of what we do is becoming an important metric of success. In the recent Institute of Directors Magazine overview by Chief Executive Kirsten Patterson, she states the seasons are changing. The skills needed to lead through the future of work challenges of tomorrow are quite different to ...

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Pharmaceutical Waste standard

Concern is growing in New Zealand about the impact of pharmaceutical waste. Without a nationally consistent service for education and disposal of pharmaceutical waste, practices are varied, our environment and our communities are at risk, and there is a significant avoidable cost. 3R have met with industry representatives to gather support for a project to investigate product stewardship for pharmaceutical waste. A stewardship programme would interrupt the current undesirable practices of disposal, or lack thereof, and introduce a best practice, nationwide programme for the management of pharmaceutical waste that is promoted to the public and accessible for all.  The project will also identify potential causes of waste and how circular economy principles can be applied to the industry and push for commitment ...

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Changing our attitude to plastic standard

by Natalie Martin, 3R Materials Innovation Manager Plastic gets a bad rep; the big bad villain that is slowly choking the world. Its effects on the environment are undeniable, but plastic didn’t put itself in the oceans for turtles to eat, or in the forests to smother wildlife. That dubious honour goes to us humans. We are the ones who invented something which is cheap to make, durable and very long lasting, but then started using it everywhere with limited thought around its disposal. As discussed in my previous article, there are many different types of plastic – all with different properties and applications. But the trifecta of “cheap, durable and long lasting” is generally true for them all. The ...

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Rebound standard

Rebound It is estimated nearly 300,000 mattresses and bases are sent to landfill every year in New Zealand. When stacked one on top of another, they would reach the edge of space! Initiative: Rebound, a voluntary product stewardship programme for end-of-life mattresses and bases Client: A 3R-initiated programme to tackle a prevalent waste issue Brief: Work with industry, councils and landfill operators to provide a simple and accessible solution enabling consumers to responsibly dispose of unwanted mattresses and bases 3R Role: Initiator, project manager and on-going programme manager 3R Approach: Industry collaboration Waste to resource The Rebound project was initiated by 3R following discussions with mattress manufacturers and observations of international developments in mattress stewardship and recycling. Our experience designing and delivering stewardship and waste-to-resource programmes means we know ...

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