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NZ looks to manufacturers to help tackle e-waste

August 3, 2015

NZ looks to manufacturers to help tackle e-waste

The Fifth Estate
Monday 3 August 2015

The New Zealand government is considering introducing a scheme similar to Australia’s National Computer and Television Recycling Scheme, according to chief executive of the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform, Carmel Dollison.

Ms Dollison said the government had commissioned a review of what is happening in the e-waste stream, with the aim of identifying the priority products for recycling. The ANZRP participated in the review.

She said the outcomes would help inform the government’s decision around what type of product stewardship program should be run, whether it would be a mandatory scheme like the NCTRS, potentially funded through a levy on purchases; a co-regulatory scheme where responsibility is shared; or a voluntary scheme.

“The recommendations have gone to the ministry and they will hopefully come through with a program soon,” Ms Dollison said.

“In the interim there are a number of manufacturers that do run e-waste take-back programs [in New Zealand].”

These companies include Apple, Dell, HP and Fuji Xerox, which operates the only NZ government-accredited IT product stewardship scheme. The manufacturer’s Zero Landfill scheme was formally accredited last month under the Waste Minimisation Act.

Read more at Eco-Business.

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