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Minister’s priority product announcement “groundbreaking” standard

Government’s announcement that it will begin consulting on a plan to make multiple industries accountable for their products and packaging at end of life is groundbreaking, but long overdue, for New Zealand. This is according to product stewardship specialists 3R Group. Chief Executive Adele Rose says the announcement is one of the most significant in terms of tackling waste, and finally makes use of powerful tools provided by the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage today announced consultation will begin on a proposal to declare consumer goods packaging, tyres, e-waste, refrigerants and other synthetic gases, agrichemicals and their containers, and farm plastics priority products under the Act. Adele says many people aren’t aware that voluntary ...

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Child car seat recycling a sign of the times standard

Just a few years ago there weren’t many people who would think it was possible to recycle a child car seat, much less have an option to actually do so. However, since the trial and official launch of the SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme over 8,000 seats have been diverted from landfill. The programme may seem rather niche in the greater recycling landscape but it’s a sign of things to come, when the majority of items coming into the household will have a pathway for reuse, repurposing or recycling. The increase in volume through SeatSmart over the last year is also an example of the dramatic change in how the public is starting to think and act in more ...

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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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What We Do standard

What we do Our work is about delivering real economic and environmental benefits to individual businesses, industries, government and the wider world. The term 'Product Stewardship' describes what we do, but it's not widely understood. Put simply, it's about reducing the environmental impact of a product over its lifetime by involving stakeholders at every stage.  Using the waste hierarchy as a guiding principal, we apply existing ideas where appropriate or collaborate with others to create innovative new solutions.We believe helping clients take responsibility for their products at the end of their life can reduce environmental harm and improve resource efficiency. Our work can also trigger other economic benefits such as winning new customers, gaining entry to new markets, meeting compliance for trade, creating employment opportunities, ...

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