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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.

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.

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.

Coca-Cola company trials first paper bottle

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Coca-Cola is to test a paper bottle. The prototype is made from an extra-strong paper shell that still contains a thin plastic liner, but the goal is to create a 100% recyclable, plastic-free bottle capable of preventing gas escaping.

Michelin announces first tyre recycling plant

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Tyre producer Michelin is beginning construction on its first tyre recycling plant in collaboration with Enviro, a Swedish company that has developed a patented technology to recover carbon black, oil, steel and gas from end-of-life tyres.

Redesigning your packaging can solve NZ’s recycling issues

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How can you improve your packaging design to increase its recyclability? Findings from WasteMINZ’ audit of 867 New Zealand households show that there are real opportunities for packaging designers and manufacturers to make changes that would greatly enhance the amount

The world’s most littered item

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Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world, with an estimated 4.5 trillion littered annually. Each butt can take 5 to 400 years to completely break down.