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Food cartons and packaging upcycled into building products

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Sustainable waste reduction company SaveBoard, with a $2.7 million investment from Freightways, is working to expand and do more to help the environment, by converting products such as food cartons and courier packaging into sustainable building materials.

NZ Government launches plan to transform recycling systems

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The Government is calling on people to have their say on proposals to bring New Zealand’s recycling systems up to standard. Environment Minister David Parker says its current recycling systems are “inadequate”, and had resulted in lower rates of recycling.

Battery recycling trial powering ahead

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A new recycling scheme being trialled by Wellington City Council is set to give used household batteries a new lease of life and prevent them from ending up in the landfill.

Why your ‘wishcycling’ can do more harm than good

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Contaminating the waste stream with material that is not actually recyclable makes the sorting process more costly because it requires extra labor. Wishcycling also damages sorting systems and equipment and depresses an already fragile trading market.