Gary Evans with staffers Belinda Wait (left), Amie Harris and Suzanne van Gestel at the Xerox Shop.
Gary Evans with staffers Belinda Wait (left), Amie Harris and Suzanne van Gestel at the Xerox Shop. Rob Wright

Green award to Xerox Shop

COFFS Harbour’s Xerox Shop has been given the green thumbs up, attracting a dealership award for striving ahead in sustainability efforts.

The Xerox Shop took the title of Most Improved Dealership at the Fuji Xerox Australia sustainability conference in Sydney.

Environmental consciousness of the crew includes close liaison with the Eco Manufacturing Centre and with it, responsible disposal of products, recycling of cartridges and remanufacturing of equipment. By incorporating policies for future remanufacturing and recycling into its product design process, Fuji Xerox has avoided almost 139,000 tonnes of carbon emissions and reduced the requirements for raw materials by 21,600 tonnes between 1996 and 2008.

Coffs Harbour’s dealer principal, Gary Evans, said by October, legislation would require companies to account for the whereabouts of 80% of equipment sold.

But our local Xerox Shop is ahead of the game, with customers able to return disused products to the circle of mechanical life that is the Eco Manufacturing Centre. They even pick up the cartridges, send them off to be remanufactured and re-supply their customers, creating a closed loop of environmentally responsible practice.

Mr Evans said he was proud to accept the award on behalf of the Coffs Harbour dealership.

“Fuji Xerox Australia has been very supportive towards encouraging and fostering environmentally responsible practices among our dealerships and this award will only further encourage the Coffs Harbour dealership to remain committed to our sustainability efforts,” Mr Evans said.

Other factors on environmental responsibility are assessed and include fuel, electricity and water usage. Mr Evans said the office’s graphic designer and bureau manager, Suzanne van Gestel, “has her heart in the environment” and has helped spearhead the process.



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