UK: Impacts of a Deposit Refund System for One-way Beverage Packaging on Local Authority Waste Services

Submitted by Sandra on Thu, 10/12/2017 - 14:41
A UK study designed to answer the question: ‘What would be the impacts of the introduction of a deposit refund system for oneway beverage packaging on local authority waste services in England?' shows councils would benefit from the introduction of a deposit return scheme (DRS). It finds that, while it is true that some valuable materials may be removed from existing recycling services, far from leading to additional costs, a DRS would be likely to yield net savings, overall, once other factors such as the likely impact on residual waste arisings are taken into account. Overall, it is estimat

Flight Plastics opens PET plastic wash plant in Lower Hutt, but we need ‘bottle deposits’ to make it worthwhile.

Submitted by Sandra on Thu, 08/03/2017 - 11:21

The opening of Flight Plastics PET recycling facility in Lower Hutt is a good step towards development of NZ based recycling processing. The capacity to turn over 200 million plastic drink bottles a year into high grade food-safe packaging will enable NZ to move away from exporting our waste to other countries where we have no control over environmental or labour conditions associated with recycling.

Rural recycling needs collection, Minister!

Submitted by Sandra on Tue, 07/25/2017 - 19:40

The Associate Minister for the Environment is right to invest in recycling infrastructure; but keeps forgetting about collection and transportation.

“Collection mechanisms are a problem in regard to Plasback” says Sandra Murray, Co-ordinator for the NZ Product Stewardship Council “farmers in Gisborne and other areas pay through the nose for Plasbak to collect and transport their farm plastic for recycling”.

All Tyred out; government announces false solution for tyre woes

Submitted by Sandra on Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:08

After rejecting an industry-designed workable product stewardship scheme for end of life tyres, Environment Minister Nick Smith announced today the government would allocate $19 million taxpayer dollars into a false solution instead - most of the funding to go to Chinese-owned company, Waste Management NZ, to collect and shred scrap tyres.

Smith has proposed scrap tyres from throughout New Zealand, will then be hauled to Golden Bay Cement where the owners of the company will incinerate the tyres.