Sharp NZ aims for 100% Recycling

Sharp NZ aims for 100% recycling

2.5 million kilograms of additional waste to be recycled by 2018

Auckland, 23rd November 2016Sharp New Zealand adopts new waste minimisation initiatives as part of the Minister for the Environment’s Product Stewardship Scheme that will see the company reuse and recycle an additional 2.5 million kilograms of waste.

Sharp New Zealand (Sharp) is one of only a handful of New Zealand companies who has achieved the accreditation which the Minister for the Environment, Hon. Dr Nick Smith, will present to Sharp today in Auckland.

Sharp is the 14th company to be awarded with the accreditation which serves as recognition and endorsement for schemes that meet waste and environmental harm reduction.

The accreditation shows Sharp’s real commitment in reducing its environmental footprint. By taking part in the Product Stewardship Scheme, Sharp will prevent hazardous chemicals, electronics and plastics going to landfill.

Under the Stewardship Scheme Sharp aims to recycle 100% of all packaging materials, electrical and electronic products and equipment, obsolete and used parts by April 2018.  This will result in significant volumes of waste being diverted from landfill all over New Zealand.

The Product Stewardship accreditation means Sharp accepts full responsibility for reducing the environmental impacts of all its products in every stage of their lifecycle from production to end of life.

“We are committed to achieving a high standard of environmental care through our business. Being accredited with the Product Stewardship Scheme by the Minister for the Environment is fantastic recognition of our comprehensive recycling and waste reduction scheme across all of our business activities,” says Jan Nicol-Winitana, Managing Director, Sharp Corporation of New Zealand

The scheme incorporates recycling of all of the company’s electrical and electronic products and equipment. It also includes product that is returned to Sharp and is used internally. All multifunction and consumer electronics products will be assessed to see if they can be reused or recycled. If they can be reused they are repaired and sold second-hand. The remaining products will be recycled.

The Scheme will also reduce the leaching of the plastics from packaging and the hazardous substances caused by the breakdown of circuit boards, plastics and other electrical and electronic components.

“We understand that our customers not only want great products, but also products that don’t have a negative impact on the environment. The accreditation of our Product Stewardship Scheme is a great acknowledgement that we can do both,” says Nicol-Winitana

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For more information please contact:

Marcellus Ramakers

National Marketing Manager

Email: mramakers@sharp.net.nz

Phone: 09 573 0111

About Sharp Corporation For over 100 years, Sharp Corporation has created award-winning technologies that are the envy of competitors worldwide. In New Zealand Sharp continues to deliver technologically advanced ‘one of a kind’ products for the home and business. Integral to Sharp is a commitment to conservation of the global environment. Sharp aims to work in a sustainable way, whether in its day to day operations or in expansion of its business. Sharp takes an environmentally conscious approach to its products, from the way they are developed to the impact when in use by the consumer. Today, Sharp Corporation of New Zealand maintains established offices in Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga, Hastings,Wellington and Christchurch. For more information on Sharp visit https://www.sharp.net.nz/