Fuji Xerox has become the first in the the New Zealand print industry to have its Product Stewardship Scheme accredited by the Ministry for the Environment for reducing its environmental footprint with its Zero Landfill Scheme.
Minister for the Environment, Hon Dr Nick Smith, presented the accreditation at Fuji Xerox’s Auckland offices, making the company only one of 13 in New Zealand to receive it since the passing of the Waste Minimisation Act in 2008.
Sian Flynn-Coleman, Sustainability Manager for Fuji Xerox New Zealand, says, “We are thrilled to be the first in our industry to achieve this accreditation, and we hope that by joining the few accredited schemes, we are adding momentum to the growing number of New Zealand companies who are taking full responsibility of their products throughout their product life cycle.”
The scheme aims to divert 99.5 per cent of all returned Fuji Xerox branded equipment, consumables and associated packaging through either re-use or recycling.
More than 80 per cent of collected equipment is returned by customers through product trade-ins wherefrom it’s sent to the Fuji Xerox warehouses for assessment and then re-use or recycling. Anything that can’t be recycled in New Zealand is sent offshore.
Fuji Xerox Managing Director Gavin Pollard says, “We calculate that over 1200 tonnes of our equipment and consumables are diverted from landfill annually, including 99.5 per cent of all returned printers, copiers, toner bottles, print cartridges, drums, rollers and fuser oil and associated packaging.”
Fuji Xerox has been unwavering in its commitment to sustainability, setting itself up as a market leader in sustainable business practices with sustainability addressed in every link of the supply chain.
To find out more about Fuji Xerox’s Product Stewardship Scheme, go to www.fujixerox.co.nz/productstewardship.