Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, June 2023: From July 2020 to May 2023, TechCollect NZ
has led the nation’s co-design process for a regulated e-product stewardship scheme with
support from their Circular E-stewards Network, and input from a wide range of stakeholders
in the e-product and e-waste value-chain, across Aotearoa New Zealand and the globe.
The reports released today on TechCollect NZ’s website bring the significant efforts and
contributions of so many together, making strong recommendations for a new system of
shared responsibility that will help Kiwis to manage e-products sustainably throughout their life
cycle, and progress Aotearoa New Zealand’s transition to a circular economy.
TechCollect NZ’s Chairman, Mark Mackay, comments on the significance of reaching this
“I congratulate the TechCollect NZ team for their efforts in researching, trialling and
reporting on best practice e-product stewardship around the globe, and
subsequently co-developing recommendations that are right for the New Zealand
I also thank our IT and retail partners, Apple, Canon NZ, Dell Technologies New
Zealand, HP New Zealand, Logitech New Zealand, Microsoft, The Warehouse Group
and Toshiba. Their support and commitment underpins the importance of
government and industry working together to find the best solutions to responsibly
manage e-products across their life cycle.”
The New Zealand Government’s priority product declaration that set the co-design process
in motion acknowledges more than 20 years of advocacy to find and establish a better way
of managing e-products across their life cycle, and to create an even playing field for
everyone selling e-products to Kiwi consumers. All available options were explored during the
process to co-develop scheme framing and design recommendations fit for the Aotearoa
New Zealand context, while understanding the current state of our market, and the best
parts of well-established schemes overseas.