Businesses taking responsibility for their products

The following voluntary government-accredited product stewardship schemes are examples of businesses taking responsibility for their products . Find out about what they are doing and what you can do to help. 


Waste concrete (including potentially harmful liquids) is diverted from landfill and upcycled into value-added precast concrete products for the Interbloc Modular Wall System.

Get involved

Support the Envirocon scheme by purchasing concrete from scheme members – Allied Concrete, Holcim Concrete, Stevenson, or by using Interbloc products.

See how the waste concrete is used

Watch the video on YouTube.


Fonterra Milk for Schools Recycling Programme

Milk cartons (including the straw and straw wrapper) are collected from schools participating in the Fonterra Milk for Schools Programme.They are broken down into components (paper, aluminium foil and plastic) and recycled into roof tiles, books and paper.

Since the scheme began, more than 600 tonnes of waste materials has been recycled into new school books for children.

Get involved

If you school isn’t already part of the Milk for Schools programme, your principal can fill out the Application form on the Fonterra Milk for Schools website.   


Fuji Xerox Zero Landfill Scheme

Fuji Xerox remanufacture, reuse and/or recycle used equipment such as printers/photocopiers and printing consumables. Parts that cannot be reused are recycled. 

Collection and processing takes place in New Zealand and Australia.

Get involved

Watch the video or visit the Fuji Xerox website to find out how to return Fuji Xerox toner cartridges for recycling.


How waste toner is reducing the carbon footprint of roads

Waste toner is being used in a low-carbon asphalt road surface product called TonerPave™ - thanks to a partnership between Fuji Xerox and cartridge recycling and resource recovery company Close the Loop. Fuji Xerox says the product reduces the carbon footprint of a road by up to 23 per cent.



Glass Packaging Forum

The forum connects businesses that sell glass-packaged consumer goods with those that collect and recycle glass. This helps to improve the quality and quantity of glass that is recycled. The aim is zero container glass to landfill.

Recycling glass also reduces the production of CO2 and the use of virgin materials in glass manufacture. Where recycling is not possible, the forum helps to find alternative uses. 

Get involved

Recycle your glass bottles and jars wherever you are, including at home, work, and when you are out and about – use the public place recycling scheme bins if you can.

Become a member — membership levies support recycling at events, and infrastructure, technology and research initiatives to reduce the amount of glass sent to landfill. Over $1,800,000 has been awarded.

Making wheelie good use of solar power

The Whangaparaoa Community Recycling Centre is using a solar-powered wheelie bin lifter for glass recycling after being granted $11,000 by the Glass Packaging Forum. Read the story on the the Glass Packaging Forum website


Interface ReEntry Programme

The scheme recycles used Interface carpet tiles into new carpet tiles and other products. It has diverted over 44,000 cubic metres of carpet tiles from landfill (220 tonnes).

PVC backed carpet tiles beyond their usable life are sent back to the original manufacturer in the U.S., where they are stripped and remanufactured into new carpet tiles.

Get involved

If you are a commercial customer consider using INZIDE carpet products for your next fit-out. Otherwise you may wish to make organisations you belong to aware of the advantages of sustainable INZIDE products.


Read the story of the Papatoetoe Library carpet

When the carpet tile needed replacing in 2015, it was sent to the US to be recycled into new carpet tile – ready for its third life.

In 2007, Interface installed 790m2 of its carpet tile in the Papatoetoe Library in Auckland. The tile was made with bio-based PLA (polylactic acid made from corn)yarn and had recycled carpet tiles for its backing.

Meanwhile, the Papatoetoe Library was re-carpeted with new Interface carpet. This time the tile was made from recycled yarns from old fishing nets and again with recycled backing. Thanks to new installation techniques only 2 per cent of the carpet tile was left over following installation.

Once this carpet reaches the end of its life, it will be also be recycled. However this time that will happen closer to home at Interface’s Australian factory  ̶̶  ready for a new life again. 



Plasback collects and recycles agricultural plastics such as bale and silage wrap, and crop bags from around 25 per cent of New Zealand farms. 

Since the scheme started over 10,000 tonnes of waste plastic have been collected. The silage plastic is recycled in Auckland into Tuffboard, a plywood replacement sheet that has many uses on farms.

Get involved

Order bins and liners, book a collection, and find out what it will cost on the Plasback website.


Public Place Recycling Scheme

The scheme aims to install 3,400 recycling bins in public places by 2020. This will reduce litter and increase recycling to around 140 million cartons, cans, glass and plastic bottles each year.

The scheme is funded by brand owners and packaging manufacturers who work with event organisers, councils and other organisations.

Get involved

Use the Public Place Recycling bins whenever you can when you’re out and about. You can apply for funding to introduce recycling facilities at schools, tourist locations and other high-traffic spots or at an upcoming event by filling out the application form on the scheme website.


Refrigerant recovery scheme

The Trust for the Destruction of Synthetic Refrigerants, also known as RECOVERY, collects and responsibly disposes of refrigerants used in the refrigeration and air conditioning industries.

Refrigerants deplete the ozone layer when released into the atmosphere. The ozone layer has an important function as it shields the earth from harmful ultra-violet radiation from the sun.

So far, 395,000kg of refrigerants have been destroyed through the scheme.

Get involved

Consumers can contact participating refrigeration contractors to find out what to do with their old fridges and air-conditioning units. See Trust partners on the scheme's website.


The programme offers e-waste recycling for mobile phones and accessories. Unwanted mobile phones that are still working are sold for refurbishment and resale overseas while others are recycled.

Proceeds from the scheme are donated to Sustainable Coastlines, an organisation which plants trees along waterways to restore habitats for native animals, reduce sediment and improve water quality.

Get involved

You can drop off your old phone at 2degrees, Spark or Vodafone retail stores and kiosks nationwide (see the list on the TCF website) or post them in.


Recovering Oil Saves the Environment

This used-oil recovery programme enables users, oil producers and regulators to responsibly collect, transport, use and dispose of used oil.

This reduces illegal discharges to the environment and provides a sustainable end use for waste oil products.

Get involved

Ask your local mechanic or council where to drop off your unwanted oil for collection by the scheme.


Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme

Soft plastic packaging is collected from participating stores and delivered to two New Zealand processors; Future Post in Waiuku and Second Life Plastics in Levin. The soft plastics are then turned into new products, such as plastic fence posts, cable covers and garden edging. 

The scheme is funded by the food and grocery product brand owners that are members of the scheme. These brand owners represent around 70 percent of the food and grocery products packaged in the soft plastics that can be processed via the scheme. 

The brand owners pay a levy which funds the collection of the soft plastics from participating stores, quality checks, baling, transport and processing.

Check out the video on the scheme on youtube showing what soft plastics are being made into in New Zealand. It also outlines materials that cannot be accepted.

Get involved

As at 10 October 2019, collections were available only at selected stores in Auckland and Hamilton. To see locations and view updates of coverage, see the Soft plastic recycling website..  

Follow the scheme’s progress on Facebook

Sharp Comprehensive Recycling and Waste Reduction Scheme

Sharp New Zealand aims to reuse and recycle 100 per cent of its packaging materials, electronic products, equipment, and obsolete and used parts.

In 2016, the Sharp scheme recycled 1,006 m3 of e-waste, 18,782 toner cartridges and 1,249m3 of packaging waste. Sharp’s waste to landfill decreased 29 per cent between 2015 and 2016.

Get involved

Consumers can return Sharp electrical products, including microwaves, refrigerators, TVs, and display screens to any Sharp branch (see website for nearest branch.  Customers can also return used toner cartridges.

Agrecovery rural recycling programme

Agrecovery provides New Zealand farmers and growers with programmes for container recycling, drum recovery and the collection of unwanted or expired chemicals.

Get involved

Visit the Agrecovery website to: find your nearest collection point, and book collection for farm chemicals and drums.


Hear what one Canterbury farmer has to say about the scheme

Case study — Ian Ridge [Agrecovery website]





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Former schemes

The Holcim/Geocycle Used Oil Recovery Programme was the first product stewardship scheme to be Government accredited. The programme recovered used oil and used it as an alternative fuel to coal in Holcim’s Westport cement works.

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Between 1996 and 2014, around 157 million litres of waste oil were safely removed from the New Zealand environment.

The programme ceased operating in 2014 when Holcim moved to importing cement instead of producing it in onshore kilns.

Used oil can be recovered through the accredited voluntary product stewardship scheme Recovering Oil Saves the Environment.


The Kimberly Clark NZ’s Envirocomp scheme composted sanitary hygiene products along with green waste through its in-vessel Hot Rot composting systems. It was a user-pays service for both domestic users and commercial businesses.

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The scheme produced compost which complied with the New Zealand Standard for Composts, Soil Conditioners and Mulches (NZS 4454:2005). The scope of the scheme did not include the use of this compost.

Sanitary hygiene products are currently being sent to landfill while new recycling infrastructure is developed.