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.
Reverse vending is where a bottle or can is placed into a vending machine and a coin, token or redemption voucher is offered in return.
Is littering really about laziness? Or should we take a look at the role packaging manufacturers have in designing products that pollute.
Environment Minister Nick Smith recently announced public funding for yet another packaging-waste scheme (the ‘Do the Right Thing’ initiative), so it is timely that we cast our eyes back over the history of litter.
View this article by the NZPSC on how littering has been used by the packaging industry to deflect responsibility onto 'litterbugs' when the problem is really packaging design.
Cash for Containers, supported by the NZPSC, has launched a petition asking the Minister for the Environment to bring in a Cash for Containers (bottle deposit) scheme.
A CDS can:
- Nearly triple NZ's recycling rates
- Reduce plastic pollution in the sea
- Create 2000 jobs
- Save councils and tax payers $26-40 million per year
- Reduce CO2 emissions
- Fund community groups
- Supplement low incomes
- Foster a sustainable, circular economy
In what will be widely seen as a massive U-turn, the soft-drinks giant Coca-Cola has thrown its support behind calls for the Scottish Government to introduce a deposit return scheme, in an effort to reduce littering and boost recycling.
Deposit return schemes (DRS), in which consumers pay a small sum which is paid back when they return a bottle or can, operate in several European countries.
Proposal to ban the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads in personal care products in New Zealand
The Government sought views on its proposed ban on the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads in personal care products in New Zealand. This is because microbeads are non-biodegradable and when ingested can lead to health issues for marine life and life higher on the food chain including humans. The proposed ban would involve an amendment to the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.