Plastics New Zealand gets involved with the community, industry and government, helping to promote the 'think global, act local' sustainability message through practical initiatives.
Please contact Plastics New Zealand (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you are interested in setting up any environmental projects in the plastics industry. Plastics New Zealand has experience in accessing private sector and government funding for environmental projects.
Boatie Bags - every year Plastics New Zealand provides rubbish bags to the yacht and boat clubs of New Zealand. Our message to boaties is to bring it back and get it sorted! .
Environmental Best Practice Programme – since 2004, Plastics New Zealand has been working with member companies to encourage environmental best practice. So far more than 80 companies have participated in the Best Practice Programme, working on projects ranging from Design for the Environment through to energy efficiency in manufacturing. Currently there is a strong focus on energy efficiency across the industry. Further information can be found in the “Manufacturing Efficiency” section.
Best Practice Energy Programme - since 2007 Plastics New Zealand has worked with 44 Member Companies to help them find real energy savings in their businesses. The Programme found 15 gigawatt hours of annual savings, cutting energy bills by more than $2 million for the participating companies. The energy savings will reduce carbon emissions by more than 6000 tonnes per annum.
Alternatives to Landfill - Plastics New Zealand is actively investigating alternatives for non-recyclable plastics to prevent them ending up in landfill. Options being pursued include use as alternative fuels, and converting plastics to diesel.
Operation Clean Sweep - recognising that we all need to play our part in preventing marine litter, Plastics New Zealand has developed Operation Clean Sweep. This is a programme designed to help plastic manufacturers keep their yards free of plastic resin pellets and prevent contamination of stormwater systems. More information can be found here
Degradable Plastics Working Group - a working group was faciliated by Plastics New Zealand to work through issues around the growing use of degradable plastics. Plastics New Zealand developed a guideline for the use of Degradable Plastics in New Zealand.Further information can be found here
Plastics New Zealand worked with the Environmental Risk Management Authority of New Zealand to establish non-hazardous materials used by the industry and to classify those that are hazardous.
Sustainability Initiative - a five year agenda for action launched in 2003 to minimise the effect of the industry and its products on the environment. Read the pdf document to get the details. More than 70 companies signed a commitment to the Initiative
Plastic Design for the Environment Guidelines. This was a first-in-the-world guide to designing plastic products with the environment in mind.
Iconic Kiwi Plastic Products - Improving Their Environmental Footprint. This project profiled examples of improvements in the environmental footprint of some of New Zealand’s most iconic plastic products.