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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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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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