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Canon and TechCollect

We want to do everything we can to help protect the world we live in and those who live in it. That's why we do our best to safeguard our future.

Who is TechCollect?

TechCollect NZ (TechCollect) is a national recycling scheme created by the not-for-profit organisation Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP). In July 2020, the New Zealand government recognised the severe concerns for e-waste in our landfills, which led to the establishment of TechCollect. Leading global technology companies such as Dell, HP, Logitech, Microsoft, and The Warehouse Group were instrumental in creating this scheme. Canon is proud to be one of the founding members of this initiative.

What they do

TechCollect works with organisations that meet the strictest health, safety, and environmental welfare standards. Its goal is to recover and divert at least 90% of e-waste from entering landfills across New Zealand. The average person in New Zealand can generate more than 21kg of e-waste annually, and many hazardous materials embedded within electronic products continue to have a negative environmental impact in New Zealand. For example, mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium, nickel, antimony, and brominated flame retardants continue to harm the environment and human health long after being disposed.

How Canon works with TechCollect

As a founding member of TechCollect, Canon provides a free national drop-off and recycling service for ICT equipment. This service is available to households and small businesses looking to recycle unwanted, end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment.

TechCollect works with Croxley Recycling to ensure that they meet all regulatory requirements. The following electronic waste can be dropped off at Noel Leeming's nationwide stores:

Printers, faxes, scanners, and multi-functional devices
Cameras and video cameras
Personal computers and all cables
Tablets, notebooks, and palmtops
Computer monitors and parts
Computer peripherals and accessories

Progress so far

TechCollect’s pilot scheme has been awarded grant funding from the Waste Management Fund (WMF) to further develop and improve on product stewardship for electrical and electronic products. In 2022, TechCollect recycled 85.6 tonnes from the nationwide network of 38 drop-off sites. In partnership with Croxley Recycling, there has so far been a material recovery rate of over 95% (as measured by weight).

Individuals and organisations should all aspire to take responsibility for properly disposing of e-waste. By supporting initiatives like TechCollect, Canon ensures that the materials in both ours, and others' electronic devices go further, thus reducing the impact on our environment.

We aim to reduce waste in our landfills by recycling and reusing materials. Our involvement in founding TechCollect was vital to implementing this methodology at Canon.

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