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 user 2007-11-14 at 10:51:00 am Views: 64
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    Xerox Diverts 2 Billion Pounds of Waste from Landfills Through Green Initiatives
    N.Y., Nov. 2007 – Equipment returned to Xerox Corporation can be
    remanufactured — rebuilt — to new performance specifications, reusing
    70 to 90 percent by weight of machine components. Because of smart
    design, these sturdy frames can be used more than once, forming the
    skeleton for successive generations of printers and copiers. ROCHESTER,
    N.Y.–By recycling yet one more 5-pound toner cartridge from a Xerox
    multifunction system, Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) announced today it
    has surpassed a major sustainability milestone by diverting more than 2
    billion pounds of electronic waste from landfills around the world
    through waste-free initiatives that create sustainability benefits for
    the company and its customers.Launched in 1991, long before
    sustainability was on most companies’ radar screens Xerox’s
    environmental program achieved the 2-billion-pound milestone by waste
    avoidance in two areas: reuse and recycling in imaging supplies and
    product take-back and recycling and parts reuse. In addition, Xerox
    integrates innovative environmental priorities into manufacturing
    operations to add to its recycling efforts.“Xerox’s experience with
    reuse, recycling and remanufacturing has not only kept waste out of
    landfills, but saved the company more than $2 billion as it did so,”
    said Patricia Calkins, Xerox vice president, Environment, Health and
    Safety. “If that amount of waste were loaded into garbage trucks, it
    would fill more than 160,000 trucks, stretching more than 1,000 miles,
    from Seattle to the Mexican border. We believe sustainability is an
    integral part of developing products, serving customers and posting

    Xerox Green World Alliance
    Central to the company’s
    commitment to waste-free products is the Xerox Green World Alliance, a
    reuse and recycling program for printer cartridges and toner. The
    program kept more than 2.7 million cartridges and toner containers and
    nearly 11 million pounds of waste out of landfills last year alone.The
    Alliance is composed of two components – the remanufacturing of
    cartridges and the recovery and reuse of toner. When a cartridge is at
    the end of its life, customers send it to Xerox, which then cleans,
    inspects and remanufactures or recycles the cartridge. Remanufactured
    cartridges contain an average of 90 percent reused/recycled parts and
    are built and tested to the same performance specifications as new
    products.Customers also send in waste toner, the dry ink that is used
    to make prints, to Xerox. Xerox then recovers and reuses the old toner
    by mixing it with new toner without compromising the product’s

    Equipment remanufacturing and reuse of parts
    than 15 years ago, Xerox pioneered the practice of converting
    end-of-life equipment into new products and parts. That approach has
    translated into significant environmental and financial benefits,
    preventing millions of pounds of waste from entering landfills – 111
    million pounds in 2006 alone – while reducing the amount of raw
    material needed to manufacture new parts.For these machines, Xerox
    equipment recovery/recycle operations disassemble parts that can be
    reused, adhering to stringent standards for quality and performance.
    The remaining components are disposed of or recycled. Of the 43,000
    metric tons designated as equipment waste in 2006, Xerox reused or
    recycled 96 percent.

    Environmentally-sensitive manufacturing processes
    that eliminating waste is not only good for the environment but also a
    smart manufacturing practice, Xerox’s waste-free factory initiative has
    focused efforts on reducing the amount of non-hazardous waste generated
    by Xerox operations and on responsibly managing waste that cannot be
    eliminated. In 2006, Xerox recycled 91 percent of its non-hazardous
    waste, up from 80 percent in 2000.The company is part of the U.S.
    Environmental Protection Agency’s voluntary WasteWise program which
    targets the reduction of municipal solid waste and select industrial
    wastes. In addition, all its major manufacturing locations in the U.S.
    have earned membership in the EPA’s National Environmental Performance
    Track. Only facilities with a record of sustained regulatory compliance
    and a history of environmental achievements are eligible to participate
    in the program.