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Greenpeace Ranking irrelevant for New Zealand

For Immediate Release

Greenpeace Ranking irrelevant for New Zealand

“The release of Toxic rankings including Television companies is not relevant to New Zealand as all of these companies are working to provide a take back scheme for all Televisions in the New Zealand market under the Product Stewardship provisions of the Waste Minimisation legislation currently before Parliament”, says Garth Wyllie Executive Officer of the Consumer Electronics Association.

This work has been underway since August of 2006 and the companies did not need prompting by Greenpeace to participate in the development of a proposed model for taking old televisions back from consumers instead of taking them to landfill.

“Televisions will be dealt with responsibly and recycled through approved plants designed to remove any environmentally unfriendly elements” he said

Some of this process will be undertaken outside of New Zealand due to economies of scale however those parts such as disassembly that can be undertaken in New Zealand, will be, providing it is cost efficient to do so.

This action will remove around 168,000 televisions sets per annum that currently go into landfill recovering precious metals, glass and plastics that can be used for a range of new products and thus reducing demand on the world’s resources.

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