Black bin bags flap in the wind, and a small group of foragers makes its way along Petone beach, as the youth of Te Whanganui-a-Tara Māori Rugby League use their time off the field for good.
Mainetti, the global retail solutions provider, has started working with a number of retailers – including Superdry, Nutmeg at Morrisons and Very.co.uk – to provide a ‘world first’ closed loop clear polythene recycling initiative, Mainetti Polyloop.
A survey from KitKat revealed 54 percent of New Zealanders are accidentally sending their recycling to the landfill by including soft plastics in their kerbside recycling. Instead it needs to be dropped at a local soft plastics station.
The pandemic has seen a surge in single-use plastics, with disposable masks, gloves and other PPE equipment ceaselessly washing up on beaches across the globe. If we act now, this could be a pivotal moment.
A Whanganui sport recycling initiative is seeking community support to continue fuelling the programme. Sport Whanganui is working with the Replay to bring unused sports equipment from households to benefit schools and organisations.
Fletcher Building is hoping a new initiative will stop 3 million used tyres a year being sent to landfills, and instead use them in cement manufacturing. The tyres are burnt and the rubber, metal and ash combined into the cement.
Volunteers filled four rubbish bags in less than two hours while cleaning up Timaru’s Caroline Bay beach area as part of a national week celebrating the sea. Teenager Nora Quigley organised the litter pick-up alongside the Timaru District Council.
Fishhooks, hundreds of shoes, 160 coffee sacks of rubbish, 48 tyres and 15 crayfish pots. That is just some of the rubbish Lorraine Shaab and Noeline Angus have removed from a seal colony on the Wainuiomata Coast.
It’s been almost a decade since Jocelyn Doucet first experimented with recycling plastic waste in a microwave. Now he says the technology derived from those early efforts will make it possible to produce plastic almost exclusively from recycled materials.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is washing up on coral reefs close to the Philippine capital, Manila. Environmental groups are warning that the plastic inside face masks is breaking down and being consumed by marine wildlife.
While Kiwi shoppers have embraced the ban on single-use plastic bags, major businesses here are now working hard on long term solutions. There’s an urgent need to rethink and redesign the products we make together with their packaging.
A new bio-based plastic has been made by researchers at the University of Konstanz in Germany that can be recycled with near-perfect efficiency, recovering 96 per cent of the starting material.