Plastics Circular Economy Updates - July 2023
The latest updates on projects advancing the Circular Plastics Economy in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Construction and Demolition Plastics Waste
Plastics NZ was pleased to hold their initial Construction and Demolition (C&D) Plastics Working Group last week. The group is comprised of a range of stakeholders from across industry, including construction companies, local council members, sustainability experts, and recyclers. The first meeting focused on identifying existing C&D waste projects, and their successes and barriers. The aim was to identify possible focus areas to help narrow our project scope, whilst ensuring alignment/avoiding crossover with other on-going mahi.
The korero was engaging and resulted in some excellent idea generation. We are working through the minutes to identify our next steps – watch this space for more updates!
Expanded Polystyrene Product Stewardship
Our Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Product Stewardship Steer Co met in July, continuing to support the direction of our EPS working groups. During the meeting, the group reviewed different chemical recycling options and their pros and cons. Although chemical recycling is not currently an option in NZ, it was great to identify the benefits and downsides of reprocessing EPS through these methods. Next week we are holding our third set of EPS Product Stewardship working groups during which we hope to identify possible data collection methods and review different product stewardship schemes implemented globally.
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