Waste Minimisation Act - Latest
WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment)
CDL (Container Deposit Legislation)
Here you will learn about the challenges and opportunities for you in your quest to contribute to a better New Zealand by recycling instead of wasting.
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RONZ members are companies that have invested in, and are committed, to minimising waste through resource recovery, recycling and remanufacturing. These companies are significant employers in most communities throughout NZ and already are contributing to the recovery of more than 1,000,000 tonnes of discarded goods and materials - that would otherwise become wasted in a landfill.
RONZ seeks to assist with the education of the general public, industry and all levels of government about the opportunities to reduce the impact of communities, manufacturers and personal consumption on the environment by simply intercepting discarded goods and materials before they are wasted into landfill and diverting these into a beneficial opportunity.
RONZ member businesses range in scale from owner operators with specialist capabilities through to multi-nationals with diverse capabilities and large capacity. All are working to intercept discarded materials, to prevent them from being wasted into landfill and to add value to them.
As representatives of their communities Councils will support the national effort by RONZ to increase the volume and variety of discarded goods that can, could or should be diverted from landfill. This is because the general public expects that result, that commitment to strive to both reduce our demand on primary resources and to mitigate the consequence of our 'consumer society'.
Businesses should become associate members of RONZ in order that they become aware of opportunities to reduce their cost of business and the impact of their business on the environment by diverting discarded products and materials from waste disposal into recovery and recycling options that are provided or would be provided by RONZ members if sufficient volumes and values were available to justify the new service.
Equipment and technology suppliers:
Just as the industry is growing it is learning. Advances in technology enable RONZ members to offer a wider range of recycling services, to target a wider variety of discarded materials and to do so in an increasingly affordable manner. This sector of the RONZ associate group is vital to the success of the industry.
RONZ is very concerned at the probable and very negative impact of CDL on your kerbside recycling service. CDL was originally introduced as a litter abatement tool and was very sucessful, in its day. A 10 cent per bottle or can levy to incentivise recovery will result in theft from traditional kerbside programmes, these services are partially funded from your rates and partly funded by sale of the recovered materials. This probable loss of saleable materials will drive up the cost of your kerbside service and reduce the options for including a wider variety of potentially recyclable materials.
RONZ is surprised that the CDL lobby groups have not had the confidence to include fast food packaging in their dragnet; pizza boxes, milkshake and drink cups, chip boxes and pie bags make up much of the litter stream that CDL is supposed to target. There is a simpler, lower cost way to increase recycling in NZ - that is for you to get more involved making recycling an everyday habit. Put pressure on your council to include a wider range of materials in the recycling collection and RONZ members will find a way to recycle it for your benefit.
Solving the litter problem is something RONZ is heavily involved in, already there are several projects underway that will directly address litter reduction - one of these is 'Out & About Recycling' targeting packaging generated from food and drinks typically consumed in public places. RONZ does not accept that the benefits, threats and risks of CDL have been properly defined by those lobbying for CDL.
How to improve your recycling
In a world that is constantly destroyed by our reckless actions, we must change the way we see things. We have to protect our environment, reduce pollution and try our best to preserve the fauna, flora and resources offered by earth. One of the most important ways to achieve that is by recycling properly. Our waste and dumping can harm the nature and pollute our environment, but there are a few things that we should do in order to minimize the negative effects of our actions.
Green recycling solutions
More than 80% of our waste and dumping can be reused and repurposed. Although most of the people believe that recycling conjures up the bottle drives and blue plastic bins, the truth is that this encompasses a lot more. Recycling is actually a law of nature, yet humans often forget to respect it. It is our responsibility to recycle our goods, store them properly and repurpose some of the items, if it is possible.
We should make recycling an integral part of our lives. Some talented people know how to repurpose plastic, wood or metal items, but even those who are not blessed with creativity and imagination can help preserve our environment. Your waste will be recycled by green companies, however, you can do this alone by following a few simple steps. Reuse, repurpose and recycle are some words that you should always repeat whenever you want to dump something or buy new products.
Before actually dumping some items, find if there is anything you can do with it. Repurpose it, whether it is the keyboard you used on Live Sex Cams at http://www.camplace.com. Get inspired by photographs on the internet and watch how a simple keyboard is turned into a green support for living plants. But if you want to get rid of your old cathrode ray tube, repurpose it into something cool and make a decorative item out of it.
Turn your waste food into fertilizer for your garden. Get your information on the internet and discover everything you need to know about storage and how to obtain the best fertilizer for your flowers. Your roses will look impressive and it will happen because of your recycling actions that also help reducing pollution. When it comes to your garden, your flowers will thrive amazingly if you use your plastic bottles properly. There are actually many ways to repurpose plastic bottles, not just for gardening. You could make a stylish fence, flower pots, a vertical garden, decorative items, a broom, jewelry stand, an awesome parking canopy and numerous other items.
Buy products made of recycled materials if you want to diminish pollution and its negative effects. Save our planet, consider your actions and keep in mind the butterfly effect – every little action can have a harmful reaction. Recycle your greenery, use rainwater and recycle electronic devices properly. Reuse the packages of the items you purchase and invent new ways to repurpose the things you no longer want or need. Think green, cherish our environment and remember that what goes around, comes around!