Ricoh Recycled Scooter Docks: an innovative solution for homes and schools

27 January 2014

Ricoh New Zealand has created a mega efficient, sustainable solution to the issue of scooter parking in schools, with the creation of its up-cycled Scooter Docks.

Ricoh has spearheaded a new initiative to create stands for children’s scooters, using plastic from recycled Ricoh toner cartridges. The brainchild of Murray Clark, Marketing Manager at Ricoh NZ, the idea originated after his son came home saying his school was looking into getting scooter stands.

“My wife is a primary school teacher, and she agreed that her school – like many other primary and intermediate schools – was in need of an affordable and practical solution to its ‘scooter parking’ problems,” he says.

Ricoh has previously promoted park benches made from recycled plastic, to demonstrate waste being put to good use rather than being sent to landfill, which planted the seed for  Murray’s idea.

Murray developed a wooden prototype for the scooter stand, while researching the feasibility of using recycled plastics, in collaboration with Plastech Industries, a Christchurch based ‘manufacturer of ideas’.

The result: a ‘Scooter Dock’ that can be securely connected together and configured to any number of docks required. The design also allows the handlebars to turn up to 90 degrees – which saves space when several scooters are in line, and ensures the handlebars don’t get tangled up.

For added stability, the docks can also be bolted to the ground, and there is a facility built in so each scooter can be attached with a cable or chain lock.

Murray thinks it’s a win-win situation.

“We have a lot of schools that use Ricoh for their copiers, printers and IT solutions. So we’re delighted to provide another type of solution, especially as scooter parking has become such an issue for many schools,” he says.

The Docks can also be purchased by schools at a discounted rate for use as a fundraising tool.  By  selling them to  parents for use at home, this initiative will enable schools to fund additional scooter docks for use at the school, or to help fund other worthwhile projects.

As Murray explains, other commercially-produced scooter stands available in the market from retail stores are priced ranging up towards $40. “Based on our funding plan, for every Ricoh Scooter Dock a school on-sells, it will be able to fund the purchase of another Scooter Dock for the school. Or it could use the scheme as general fundraising project,” he says.

If you’d like to find out more about Ricoh’s recycled Scooter Docks, email recycle@ricoh.co.nz for details.

The Scooter Docks are being distributed for Ricoh into retail outlets by Endurasport. If you are interested in finding out your nearest retail outlet you can email Jared at info@endurasport.co.nz.