Fisher & Paykel’s free Recycling Day this nSaturday, 5 March in Auckland & Wellington.
Your old whiteware doesn’t have to be relegated to the garage or doomed to the landfill, instead Fisher & Paykel is giving tired fridges, washing machines and stoves a brighter future through recycling.
This Saturday (5 March) Fisher & Paykel Appliances will hold its annual Recycling Day in Auckland and Wellington, where the company encourages drops-offs of any brand of whiteware for free recycling. (In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, the company will hold a special recycling day for the Canterbury region in coming months.)
Event details can be found at the end of this release or at www.fisherpaykel.co.nz.
Recycling Manager George Gray says Fisher & Paykel expects to receive hundreds of appliances at its designated Auckland and Wellington locations with the potential to save more than 40 tonnes of material from landfill.
“Typically the Recycling Day generates a tremendous response from the public, with anywhere up to 800 appliances dropped off to these two premises. We encourage anyone with an appliance that is at the end of its household use to bring it in on Saturday.
“Recycling your appliances with us is easy, free, and ensures the best possible environmental outcome. Anything that can be stripped and recycled from an appliance, like its plastic, metal, and wires, is removed and broken down to its original form. We then send it around the world to be reused in an array of new items.
“Hazardous gasses, such as those contained safely in refrigerator units during their natural shelf life, are captured in this process and burnt off responsibly, without damaging the atmosphere.”
New Zealand Marketing Manager Roger Bridge says the Fisher & Paykel Recycling Day is an extension of the company’s work to enhance the positive impact that kitchen and washing appliances can have on the environment.
“Fisher & Paykel is focused on continually improving the energy and water efficiency of appliance design. Our recycling programme provides a continuum for that efficiency beyond the shelf life of the appliance, with its components going on to breathe life into another product. Our engineers also design our products for total disassembly so they can be more easily recycled in future.”
Fisher & Paykel has recycled approximately 325,000 appliances, saving around 20,000 tonnes from landfill, since the inception of the service 17 years ago.
About the Fisher & Paykel Recycling Day:
§ Saturday 5th March 2011, 8am - 2pm
§ Auckland: Fisher & Paykel Recycling, 14 Allen's Road, East Tamaki
§ Wellington: Truck Rentals, 20 - 22 Gough St, Seaview
§ Any brand of whiteware accepted free of charge. Includes: Refrigerator, Freezer, Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher, Oven Cooktop, Rangehood, Waste Disposal Unit, Microwave. Not accepting: Televisions, Stereos, Cellphones, Computers, Furniture.
§ If outside Auckland, contact 0800 372 335 for other appliance recycling options in your area.
Whiteware recycling facts:
§ Fisher & Paykel have been recycling appliances for 17 years.
§ The main recycling depot in Auckland handles around 6,000 appliances each year, saving nearly 2,000 tonnes of material from landfill.
§ Past Recycling Days in Auckland and Wellington have seen up to 800 appliances dropped off for recycling.
§ About 75% of a fridge can be recycled. Pieces of the appliances are broken down to raw materials and reused on the world market to make new items.
§ Fridges contain an ozone depleting gas safely stored in the compressor and copper tubing. Recycling experts at Fisher & Paykel responsibly dispose of these gasses, thus reducing environmental risks associated with leaving them on the curb or in the landfill.
§ Fisher & Paykel washing machines featuring the Smart Drive motor have the motor re-used in its entirety. The motor is designed to avoid wear and tear making it perfectly suited to a new life as hydro-generators and other electricity generating devices.