CANON CLAIMS 20 YEARS OF RECYCLING EMPTY TONER CARTRIDGES ?

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CANON CLAIMS 20 YEARS OF RECYCLING EMPTY TONER CARTRIDGES ?

 user 2009-12-14 at 10:26:41 am Views: 50
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    CANON CLAIMS 20 YEARS
    OF RECYCLING EMPTY TONER CARTRIDGES ?

    Canon Toner Cartridge Recycling
    Program approaches 20 year milestone,Industry-first program now conducts
    collection operations in 23 countries

    TOKYO, Canon
    Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. today announced that 2010 will mark
    the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the Canon Toner Cartridge
    Recycling Program, a zero-landfill program in which every component of
    the used cartridges that the company collects is reused, recycled or
    recovered. First launched in 1990, the program now carries out
    collection operations in 23 countries worldwide and, as of the end of
    June 2009, has collected approximately 220,000 metric tons of used toner
    cartridges.

    First-of-its-kind program launched in 1990, now has
    collection operations in 23 countries
    In 1982, Canon created the
    world’s first personal copying machines to incorporate replaceable
    all-in-one toner cartridges. The toner cartridges were then adapted for
    use in laser beam printers and rapidly gained in popularity amid
    increases in sales volume. Along with these developments, Canon, as a
    result of the company’s awareness of such environmental issues as
    reducing waste and the effective use of resources, and in accordance
    with its corporate philosophy of kyosei—living and working for the
    common good—independently introduced the Toner Cartridge Recycling
    Program. The initiative, launched on a global scale by a single company
    with no cost to customers, marked a watershed moment within the
    industry.The return program now operates in 23 countries worldwide,
    supported by four global recycling bases: Canon Ecology Industry Inc. in
    Japan; Canon Dalian Business Machines, Inc. in China; Canon Virginia,
    Inc. in the United States of America; and Canon Bretagne S.A.S. in
    France.

    Achieving 100% recycling and recovery for zero landfill
    waste
    Canon toner cartridges make possible closed-loop recycling
    through a product design that assumes recycling after use, facilitating
    the reuse of components and the recycling of plastic for new products
    realizing equivalent levels of quality. As a result, since 2003, all
    four of Canon’s recycling bases continue to achieve a 100% resource
    recovery for zero landfill waste and, as of the end of June 2009, the
    company has reduced the use of new resources by approximately 140,000
    metric tons and CO2 emissions by approximately 370,000 metric tons.
    These activities have earned Canon industry recognition in the form of a
    number of prestigious industry awards, beginning with the Grand Prize
    at Japan’s 1st Global Environmental Awards in 1992.

    20 years of
    toner cartridge recycling (1990-2010)

    Year *
    Development/Achievement
    1990 * Start of toner cartridge return
    program (Japan, U.S.A., Germany)

    1991 * Start of recycling at
    Canon Dalian Business Machines (China)

    1992 * Canon wins Grand
    Prize at 1st Global Environmental Awards (Japan)
    * Start of
    closed-loop recycling for plastic

    1994 * No. of countries where
    toner cartridges collected increases to 21

    1997 * Start of
    recycling at Canon Virginia (U.S.A.) and Canon Bretagne (France)

    2001
    * Start of Web-based cartridge return application procedures

    2002
    * Start of recycling at Canon Ecology Industry (Japan)

    2003 *
    Collection volume of toner cartridges reaches 100,000 metric tons
    *
    Zero-landfill recycling system realized through four global recycling
    bases

    2005 * Start of Bellmark return program (Japan)

    2006
    * Canon wins 3R Award from Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
    (Japan)

    2007 * Canon wins 4th Eco-Products Awards Chairperson’s
    Award, Eco-Products Awards Steering Committee (Japan)

    2008 *
    Collection volume of toner cartridges reaches 200,000 metric tons
    *
    Canon wins FujiSankei Group Award at 17th Global Environmental Awards
    (Japan)

    2010 * 20th anniversary of Canon Toner Cartridge
    Recycling Program
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