Recycling of Paper / Packaging
Epson has introduced a program at its head office in North Ryde whereby all paper waste, cardboard waste, bottles, cans and plastic shrink-wrap is recycled. In 2010-11 (Japanese fin. year), we were able to divert or re-use over 24 Tonnes of paper, paper products and other recyclable wastes from landfill.
There is an option for customers to return their packaging from new printers to Epson which we will ensure does not end up in landfill.
Australian Packaging Covenant
Epson Australia became a signatory to the original National Packaging Covenant in 2004, and saw this as a natural extension of its environmental endeavours.
With the revised Australian Packaging Covenant introduced in July 2010, Epson Australia has put together an action plan that goes a long way towards assisting the Covenant achieve its goals and objectives.
Although we are a brand owner and all our product is fully imported and the packaging is based on global requirements, our parent company is already working towards following the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines, with more and more of our packaging being made from recycled and/or recyclable materials.
The Australian Packaging Covenant is designed to minimise the environmental impacts arising from the disposal of used packaging, conserve resources through better design and production processes and facilitate the re-use and recycling of used packaging materials. By adopting the principles of the packaging Covenant, Epson is ensuring there is less waste to landfill from its operations, leading to a cleaner environment.
Our action plan and its implementation is based around what we believe we can achieve in the area of packaging, and this is incorporated into our environmental goals going forward to 2015.
As we know that the attainment of these objectives and goals is a shared responsibility, we will be engaging with stakeholders to assist in achieving this action plan.
View the Australian Packaging Covenant Action Plan, which Epson has incorporated into its environmental activities.
For more information visit the Australian
Packaging Covenant website.
Recycling of Hardware
Epson Australia is a founding member of the Tech Collect Program – a national computer, printer and TV take back program that is a totally free service for the general public and small business to drop-off their unwanted televisions and computer products for recycling.
The Tech Collect Program is the public face of the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform Limited (ANZRP), one of three government approved co-regulatory arrangements for the implementation of the Federal Government’s Product Stewardship Act 2011 and the new National Computer & Television Recycling Scheme (NCTRS).
ANZRP is a not for profit, industry funded and run body established to collect and recycle electronic waste on behalf of its members under the NCTRS. ANZRP is committed to sound, sustainable practices that deliver outcomes for the environment and the community. For more information visit: www.anzrp.com.au
Product Stewardship and care for the environment are a corner stone of the Seiko Epson group. As part of the Tech Collect program Epson Australia is serious about ensuring unwanted electronic product does not end up in landfill, and is recycled in a way that produces positive environmental outcomes, while ensuring the health and safety of the people involved in the processing of e-waste. The Tech Collect Program will ensure that the hazardous wastes contained in e-waste will be prevented from entering landfill and the environment and the by-products (including gold and other precious metals) of the recycling processes will be recovered for future re-use.
For more information visit: www.techcollect.com.au
or call: 1300 229 837
Projector Lamp Recycling
As part of its environmental leadership, Epson Australia has become the first IT Vendor to offer a lamp recycling facility for old/broken projector lamps.
Consumers can return their old projector lamps - and not just Epson, but any brand - to one of 15 Epson authorised service agents throughout Australia.
The lamps are sent to a recycling site where they are crushed and separated - environmentally sensitive chemicals are removed and other components are melted down for reuse. Around 97% of the material in an average projector lamp can be recycled.