Fletcher Building to convert tyres into cement

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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 pick up litter at Caroline Bay as part of Seaweek

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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.

Microwaves could be the future for plastic recycling

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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.

Plastics and recycling – time to get organised

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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.

Turning trash into treasure at a recycling plant in Afghanistan

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Afghan businessman Mohammad Zarif Ishaqzai is committed to turning trash into treasure. Ishaqzai, who established a small plant in western Herat province to recycle used items, believes that providing job opportunities could contribute to stabilising security in the country.

Soft plastic recycling resumes in Christchurch

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Special recycling bins for plastic wrappers and bags have returned to four Countdown supermarkets and seven The Warehouse stores across Christchurch. More locations including New World stores will join the programme over the coming weeks.