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Product Stewardship Scheme

In October 2013, Fonterra’s ‘Milk for Schools’ Recycling Product Stewardship Scheme was accredited by the Minister for the Environment, under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.

By April we completed our first annual product stewardship report for the Ministry of Environment, and were proud to say we achieved all our objectives.

In fact, in just a year we’d recycled 112 tonnes of waste – producing enough recycled material to make loads of new school books for children around the world. It was a great first year to the Programme!

What is a product stewardship accreditation?

Accredited product stewardship schemes must meet certain requirements set out in the Waste Minimisation Act, which include demonstrating waste minimisation and achieving a reduction in environmental harm. Accreditation is only awarded after a thorough assessment by the Minister for Environment, and begins an ongoing relationship.

The accreditation of the Fonterra Milk for Schools recycling programme recognises our commitment to effectively minimise waste – all of our milk packs, straws and straw wrappers are recycled, as well as the waste from our production process. The accreditation also recognises the ‘environmental education for schools’ component of our programme.

Find out more about our recycling process on the Environmental page, or watch the Tetra Pak recycling video.

When we developed the Fonterra Milk for Schools concept, an important element was making sure that we could have in place an effective recycling programme.

Carly Robinson, Fonterra Director of Global Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Fonterra Milk for Schools was the tenth product stewardship scheme to be accredited in New Zealand under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, and it’s a Fonterra first. We’re so grateful for everyone that’s made our recycling programme possible, and really proud of this achievement.

For more information on product stewardship, see the Ministry for the Environment website.

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