New Zealanders feel good about recycling their used glass packaging via kerbside and resource recovery depots. It’s something we connect to and associate to doing our part for the environment!
Since its inception 10 years ago, the Glass Packaging Forum has championed glass recycling throughout New Zealand. 100 companies from across the supply chain support product stewardship for glass through the Forum, showing strong environmental leadership.
Since 2006, levies paid by those companies have funded infrastructure spend of more than $1.8 million, with the recycling rate increasing from 53% to 73% during this period. This rate is higher than that in Europe (71%) and the US (<50%) despite the challenges of population and distance in New Zealand.
Our aim for the next eight years is to increase the recovery rate to 80% or 186,639 tonnes. To help us achieve this goal, we have contracted 3R Group as scheme managers. 3R takes over the role succeeding and growing the legacy of the late John Webber.
3R Group are well known in the waste and resource recovery sector for their work with Resene PaintWise, Agrecovery Rural Recycling and other product stewardship and resource recovery initiatives. We are confident that their expertise in design, development and delivery of such programmes will allow us to reach this ambitious target.
The Glass Packaging Forum