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Scheme to reduce sanitary hygiene waste gets accreditation

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Kimberly-Clark New Zealand and Envirocomp’s Product Stewardship Scheme for Sanitary Hygiene Products was today accredited by the Minister for the Environment under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. This marks another milestone in the 5 year relationship between Kimberly-Clark, which manufactures the HUGGIES, DEPEND and U by KOTEX brands, and Envirocomp, an OCS Group company.

Envirocomp collects and composts all brands of sanitary hygiene products in Canterbury and the Urban Wellington areas and operates a user pays collection service to domestic users and commercial businesses. Nappies, feminine hygiene and incontinence products are composted along with green waste through Envirocomp’s in-vessel HotRot composting systems. Since the first plant was installed in Canterbury in June 2009, over 15 million nappies or around 2500 tonnes of sanitary hygiene products have now been processed through the two plants.

Michele Bollinger, General Manager Kimberly-Clark NZ said that product stewardship is a fundamental part of Kimberly-Clark’s business:-

"Kimberly-Clark makes products which enable people to lead healthier and more hygienic lives, whilst also providing convenience. It is important that we understand where possible the impact which our products have across their life cycle so we can mitigate their impacts. We are proud to be the first global manufacturer of nappies to help fund and promote an alternative to landfill and the product stewardship scheme which we have developed with Envirocomp demonstrates our ongoing commitment. Through our HUGGIES brand we promote Envirocomp to our customers via our database and on pack promotions and conduct research to help establish new markets and measure customer satisfaction. We are delighted to have received accreditation of our scheme by the Minister."

Karen Upston, Founder and Director of Envirocomp, said that setting targets for Envirocomp to meet the requirements of the legislation simply reflected their business strategy:

"Our business is about effectively composting sanitary hygiene waste and offering further composting opportunities to customers throughout New Zealand and overseas. We also want to extend our geographic reach and continue to deliver outstanding customer satisfaction. Formalizing this into a voluntary product stewardship scheme within the framework of the Waste Minimisation Act demonstrates our commitment to transparency and continual improvement."

"We see it as a commercial advantage for our overseas expansion strategy that our scheme meets the robust voluntary product stewardship requirements of New Zealand’s Waste Minimisation Act. Our first plant in the UK opens next month in Rochester, Kent which provides composting services for sanitary hygiene waste for commercial customers. This is the first stage of our overseas expansion but we are also planning to introduce our 3rd New Zealand plant in Auckland and to extend our existing coverage to include Blenheim, Marlborough, Nelson, Timaru, Southland in the South Island and Kapiti and Wairarapa in the lower North Island."

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