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Reimagining solutions for recycled paint standard

by Harman Sandhu – Materials Innovation Manager I recently had the opportunity to present on my work around recycled paint at Australia’s leading waste management industry conference, the Coffs Harbour Waste Conference. It was a great opportunity to talk about the work we are doing at 3R Group on reimagining solutions for paint and packaging product stewardship in New Zealand. The three-day conference covered a wide range of topics from kerbside recycling to mattress and tyre recycling. In all it was a very informative and vibrant forum in which to exchange ideas and learn about new and innovative developments in the industry. The objective of my presentation was to share information on our paint stewardship schemes, with a focus on ...

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Why Product Stewardship? standard

In a circular world there is no waste To live within the limits of our planet we need end of life products and packaging to experience new life in some form. Some materials are valuable or accessible enough for the cycle of waste-to-resource to fund itself, so that activity occurs naturally in a free market. Scrap aluminium uses only 5% of the energy used to make new aluminium therefore it is economic for manufacturers to pay a sustainable market rate for recovery and recycling. The reality for most end of life products, often a mix of recyclable and non-recyclable materials, is that beneficial activity doesn’t fund itself and therefore individuals or communities are left with disposal issues.Local authorities and businesses may choose to ...

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