AUSTRALIA TROWS AWAY 18M TONER CTGS

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AUSTRALIA TROWS AWAY 18M TONER CTGS

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    Printer tells government to get serious on waste
    DAVID
    Finn, managing director of printer-maker Kyocera Mita Australia, thinks
    the country is a long way behind global best practice when it comes to
    waste management.”We’re very lax in Australia, and I think the Federal
    Government has got to be accountable for it,” Mr Finn says, citing
    European rules on reducing hazardous materials in products that are not
    mandatory in Australia.Mr Finn is no less scathing of state
    governments, describing the NSW Government as “atrocious”, in part for
    its decision to drop environmental considerations from big information
    technology orders.Japanese-based Kyocera says toners for its laser
    printers are cheaper to replace than rivals’ and also dissolve into
    water vapor in 30 years when discarded, compared with 900 years for
    those made by competitors. Even so, it has lost contracts to rivals to
    supply printers for “literally 50¢” cheaper.”We’ve had many meetings
    with the NSW State Government,” he said. “We ask: ‘Why buy other brands
    with the toner problem?’ They say: ‘We don’t care.’ They’ve got a
    capital budget and a recurrent budget for the consumable. There’s no
    care and that’s the problem.”

    Australia throws away about 18
    million toner cartridges a year, or enough to fill the MCG to a depth
    of five metres, Mr Finn says.Among contracts that Kyocera missed out on
    were those from state environmental protection bodies, although it did
    win an order from the Austin Health Group, which runs the Austin
    Hospital.”The corporate world is taking this far more seriously than
    the Government,” Mr Finn said.Another advantage claimed by Kyocera is
    that its printers produce lower carbon dioxide emissions. “Everything’s
    engineered down to produce less waste,” he said.