Canon joins ANZ Recycling Platform as founding member

Canon joins ANZ Recycling Platform as founding member

ANZRP to be up and running by end of 2012, with overall goal of reducing electronic waste

Canon Australia has joined the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) as a founding member to reaffirm its commitment to reducing e-waste.

The ANZRP is a not-for-profit, industry-run member body established to collect and recycle electronic waste. It was established in September/October 2011, and became an approved by the government last month.

The Platform is an approved co-regulatory arrangement under the government’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, whereby manufacturers and distributions of such devices are obliged to join an arrangement to recycle end-of-life products.

“ANZRP is the result of a 10-year effort and it will help to reduce volumes of waste going to landfill,” Canon general manager of corporate strategy and communications, David Klineberg, said.

As a founder, Canon claims this arrangement with a competitive logistics and recycling model is the way forward. The company points at overseas models as a reference point.

The company hopes that the scheme becomes a precursor to a national movement aimed at conserving resources, according to sustainability manager, Janet Leslie.

“Through ANZRP, all members will be treated equally and will also be in a position to individually set and monitor environmental, health, and safety standards,” Leslie said.

The goal for 2012 for ANZRP is to be up and running, with a board to be elected in May and operational by July, and with national drop-off points to be established and functioning by July, she said.

At present, Infoactiv Group is acting as project manager with its experience in the e-waste space, and logistics and recycling operations in Australia.

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