The New Zealand Product Stewardship Council (NZPSC) supports the recent call by the eDay Trust to introduce an e-waste product stewardship scheme for New Zealand. “Electronic waste has been a growing problem for New Zealand, and unlike most western countries, we have basically ignored it” says Sandra Murray, co-ordinator for
G20 Action Plan on Marine Litter recommends the introduction of product stewardship and Bottle Deposits!
G20 Action Plan on Marine Litter recommends the introduction of EPR (we call it product stewardship in NZ) and Bottle Deposits! Last month, the Group of Twenty – or G20 as it is popularly known – met in Hamburg, Germany to agree on an action plan to tackle the growing
Flight Plastics opens PET plastic wash plant in Lower Hutt, but we need ‘bottle deposits’ to make it worthwhile.
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
Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of reusable and recyclable materials are going to landfill each year in NZ because waste disposal is the cheapest option. This includes electronic waste, plastic film, beverage containers and construction waste. A new report by Eunomia has proposed raising NZ’s landfill levy from the current
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
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
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
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