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WELCOME RECYCLERS!

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.

To find out why membership might help you, go to About Us.

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.

Local authorities:

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:

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.