Envision Reports

Listed in chronological order

Report on a Beverage Deposit System for Fiji - April 2011

In April 2011 Envision New Zealand was engaged by the Department of Environment and the United Nation Development Programme to assist with the design of a Beverage Deposit System for the Fiji Islands.

The report found that the people of Fiji and its visitors consume approximately 50 million beverages per annum. The used beverage containers are almost all recyclable, but based on local recycling information it's unlikely that more than 30% are recycled. This means that about 70% or 35 million containers end up in landfill or are either burnt or thrown in the streets or waterways of Fiji every year!

Fiji trades internationally on images of its pure environment. This image is threatened by the sight of beverage containers littering the streets, shores and sea bed. Burning of rubbish also taints Fiji's image - especially if food is grown in places where rubbish has been burned.

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Product Waste: Who Pays?

This report provides case studies from around the world showing how governments are dealing with the growing problem of product waste. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), or Product Stewardship, as it is sometimes called, is a policy approach that transfers the cost of product disposal and recycling from councils and ratepayers to manufacturers and consumers. A key outcome of this shift in responsibility is the redesign of products to enable more efficient recovery and recycling. This report provides a useful reference for councils, manufacturers, policy makers and anyone interested in waste and sustainability issues.

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Waste Plasterboard Composting Literature Review

A summary of information from New Zealand and overseas on the viability of composting waste plasterboard from construction sites. The review concludes that composting waste plasterboard is a viable, low cost option that appears to have no major drawbacks in the short term. However it would be prudent for industry to plan for re-manufacturing which may become an economic and commercial imperative in the longer-term.

Produced for the Ministry for the Environment. September 2008

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Update on the Waste Bill and Implications for Waitakere City Council
This report provides a brief background into the Waste Minimisation and Resource Recovery Bill currently before the Select Committee for Local Government and the Environment and its implications for Council.

It also examines the roles Council, the Ministry for the Environment and other stakeholders have played in the development of the bill prior to and since it was pulled from the ballot box, and draws conclusions on:

  • The opportunities the bill presents for council
  • The culture of the Ministry for the Environment and its effect on stakeholders
  • The Packaging Council of New Zealandís role as Secretariat for the Packaging Accord

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The Incentive to Recycle: A Container Deposit System for New Zealand. An investigation into developing a model Container Deposit Legislation (CDL) system for New Zealand. The model was developed in association with nine international CDL experts . The report concludes that the system would:

  • Increase beverage container recycling from the current level (<40%) to at least 84%
  • Save nearly 1 billion containers going to landfill every year
  • Cost beverage manufacturers only $6.6 million annually or 1/3rd cent per container
  • Save local authorities at least $14 million in landfill disposal fees
  • Reduce litter and litter control costs
  • Create 1,000-2,000 jobs around the country.
  • Create an income stream for community and social sector groups
The report was funded by nine local authorities, two regional councils and the Entrust Foundation (April 2007).
Glass Mountains: Options for Glass Recycling in Otago. An investigation into glass recycling issues in the Otago region with recommendations for short, medium and long-term solutions. The report concludes that the only long-term, sustainable solution is to implement a product stewardship programme that transfers the responsibility and cost of glass recovery and recycling from local authorities to brand owners and consumers. Clients: Community Recyclers of Otago and Otago Regional Council (December 2005).

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Reclaiming Auckland's Resources: A Resource Recovery Network for the Auckland Region. A proposal to develop a network of resource recovery facilities across the Auckland region consisting of seven major Resource Recovery Parks and up to 60 smaller Community Recycling Depots. The network would be funded from savings from the inorganic collections, a modest levy on waste and the sale of reusable and recyclable materials. The report proposes establishing a Regional Waste Strategy Group to help coordinate establishment of the Resource Recovery Network and to develop supporting regional policies. Funded by the Community Employment Group and Auckland Local and Regional Councils (July 2005).

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Auckland Recycling Industry Study. A survey of the recycling and second hand industries in the Auckland region, to assess their vitality and the critical issues they face. The survey showed that the recycling industry is growing, with a collective annual turnover of around $147 million and average wage rates of more than $15/hour. The second hand industry is in decline, with half the businesses surveyed expecting a drop in income over the next three years. Funded by Auckland Regional Council, Community Employment Group and the Entrust Foundation (July 2005).

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Reducing Junk Mail in North Shore City. A report outlining the results of a trial performed for North Shore City Council to find out whether putting 'No Junk Mail' stickers on letterboxes is an effective way of reducing junk mail. The trial showed that households with a sticker received 70% less unwanted advertising material than those without. 60% of participants said they would use a 'No Junk Mail' sticker if it was made readily available. Client: North Shore City Council (February 2005).
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Employment Opportunities from Packaging Waste: A review of packaging waste recovery programmes around the world and their potential for job creation in New Zealand. A study examining four Extended Producer Responsibility programmes to evaluate their employment creation potential for New Zealand. Of the four considered, the South Australian Container Deposit Legislation programme offered the most for New Zealand. Funded by the Community Employment Group and the Entrust Foundation (February 2005).

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Horizons Regional Stock-Take on Waste. A regional survey identifying what is happening with waste and waste minimisation in the Horizons region, to identify key waste issues that can inform regional planning and aid the progress of the Regional Territorial Authority Waste Forum. Client: Horizons Regional Council (August 2004).

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Getting Serious about Packaging Waste. A critique of the 2004 voluntary Packaging Accord and recommendations for a more effective packaging policy to help achieve the New Zealand Waste strategy's goal of "Towards Zero Waste and a Sustainable New Zealand". The main recommendation is for the introduction of Container Deposit Legislation to recover 80%-92% of all beverage containers (June 2004).

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Getting There! The road to Zero Waste. A guide to help communities with Zero Waste targets develop practical strategies to move towards their goal. A wide range of initiatives are grouped under seven key strategies. A national strategy is also proposed based on five key recommendations. Funded by the Community Employment Group and Zero Waste New Zealand Trust (August 2003).

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Resourceful Communities: A Guide to Resource Recovery Centres in New Zealand. An overview of current best practice in planning, building and operating Resource Recovery Centres. Twelve local and overseas facilities were visited to provide case studies and first-hand advice and recommendations. Funded by the Ministry for Economic Development, Ministry for the Environment, Zero Waste New Zealand Trust. (July 2003)
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The following documents were written by Envision personnel to support New Zealand's Zero Waste campaign.

Wasted Opportunity: A Closer Look at Landfilling and Incineration. An summary of information on the social, environmental and economic impacts of landfilling and incineration. (September 2002).

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The End of Waste; Zero Waste by 2020. A report written to coincide with the development of the New Zealand Waste Strategy to encourage policy-makers to adopt a national Zero Waste goal. This campaign concluded successfully with the adoption of the vision, "Towards zero waste and a sustainable New Zealand". (March 2001)

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