Friday, June 24th, 2011 - Canon Australia
SYDNEY, Thursday 23 June 2011: Australia will soon have a fair and efficient national recycling scheme for end-of-life televisions and computers with the passage yesterday of the Product Stewardship Bill through the House of Representatives, according to Canon Australia.

“The Product Stewardship Bill 2011 paves the way for a national recycling scheme, to be established by the TV and computer industries later this year, that will meet the growing need in the community for a safe and environmentally sound solution to eWaste,” said Janet Leslie, Quality, Safety & Environment Manager, Canon Oceania.

Canon Australia, through the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), has been working with industry and the Australian Government in developing the legislation which aims to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, increase recycling rates, recover valuable resources and prevent hazardous substances entering the environment.

“What’s particularly pleasing is that we will see a co-ordinated national scheme established and the legislation will make it compulsory for all manufacturers and importers to do the right thing and pay their fair share – which certainly isn’t the case today,” said Janet.

Locally and globally Canon is committed to the environment through two key principles of reducing the impact of our own activities and helping customers reduce theirs. Locally Canon is a founding partner of Byteback, a pilot end-of-life take back scheme for IT equipment, and also a founding partner of Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, a national program for recycling laser and inkjet cartridges.

More information on Canon’s participation in Environmental Programs can be found at Environmental Programs & Partnerships. http://canon.com.au/en-AU/About-Canon/Sustainability-Environment/Programs-Partnerships

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