Circular Economy Successes - March 2023
Success stories and news from the world of Plastics Circularity.
It has been an exciting month for the Circular Connect programme, with several projects reaching their reporting phase. One such success story comes from CANZ (Composites Association New Zealand) who carried out a Phase One Discovery Project with support from their consultant, Jim Goddin at Thinkstep. CANZ supports suppliers, manufacturers, researchers & designers who use glass and carbon fibre reinforced polymers/plastics (also known as FRP / GRP or fiberglass & CRP or carbon fibre).
Their aim was to design a one-page framework to support the composites sector in aligning with the circular economy. The framework offers guidance on designing products and business models that are more sustainable. It is intended to be reachable by individuals across the sector, to maximise engagement from factory floor to boardrooms.
You can check out the completed framework on their website here: https://composites.org.nz/case-studies/composites-design-for-the-environment-framework/
Expanded Polystyrene Product Stewardship
In late Feb, it was announced that there will be no mandatory phase out of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) in Aotearoa New Zealand. As EPS falls within scope for mandated product stewardship, identifying options around this is an important task. Our EPS product stewardship working groups for 2023 kicked off with a Steering Committee meeting in March. The group have begun material flow analysis to identify areas of focus for specific working groups. In addition, we are working closely with our Australian stakeholders to ensure a streamlined approach for Trans-Tasman trade.
Container Return Scheme
In March, it was announced that the Container Return Scheme will be deferred. The scheme would have resulted in reduced waste in kerbside allowing space for other recyclable materials. We continue to await information regarding kerbside standardisation.