Monthly ArchivesJuly 2020

Government announces rural recycling ‘a must do’ standard

Supporting farmers to preserve the environment by offering alternatives to the harmful disposal practices of burning, burying and stockpiling of waste is vital for the future of New Zealand. Government measures announced today by the Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage are a shot in the arm for rural recycling. Ground-breaking new rules will mean all manufacturers of agrichemicals and farm plastics sold in New Zealand must be part of a recycling scheme. These products will become priority products under the Waste Minimisation Act, putting the onus on manufacturers to take responsibility for any plastic packaging and left over product. Other products include tyres, e-waste and refrigerants. The Minister says that “regulated product stewardship helps put the responsibility for waste and ...

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Government must step in to boost rural recycling standard

The public opinion on the challenge of waste has fixated on everyday consumer items like single use plastic bags, coffee cups and straws. As an agricultural nation, New Zealand needs to extend its eye-view to the wider waste issues faced by our vibrant primary industries – reputed as the world’s food basket. At no other time has it been more important to address plastic waste issues.  Covid-19 has led to increased plastic consumption and has further exposed vulnerabilities in the global waste system. At the same time, it has highlighted the importance of our primary industries as the sustainable supplier of high-value, quality food – which is now helping to support our financial recovery. Recycling is part of the tapestry of being an ...

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