Taking responsibility may range from designing a product which can be broken down into recyclable or reusable components to responsible disposal or recycling of a product.
You might not realise it, but most – if not all – New Zealanders routinely interact with product stewardship schemes.
For example when:
- you put your glass bottles out for kerbside recycling or use recycling bins in public places
- your children drink milk at school through the Fonterra Milk in Schools programme
- you purchase New Zealand-grown produce (one quarter of all farmers are involved in one or more product stewardship schemes).
Schemes cover everything from paint to carpet tiles, mobile phones to toner cartridges.