*NEWS*RICOH AUSTRALIA RECYCLING CTGS

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*NEWS*RICOH AUSTRALIA RECYCLING CTGS

 user 2005-01-19 at 10:33:00 am Views: 103
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     Ricoh leads recycling in office automation

     
    Australians use over 18 Million printer consumables per year, up to 80% of which is thrown to landfill.Ricoh has been actively recycling its toner cartridges and bottles in partnership with plastics recycling manufacturer, Close the Loop (CTL). Ricoh and CTL first pioneered this recycling program in 2001. After a two year pilot program a further nine office automation manufacturers have since joined the program.
     
    In the meantime Ricoh has further expanded its recycling activities as part of an ambitious Environmental Management Program. Ricoh is now working closely with its green partners SimsMetal to develop an industry first program for the collection and total recycling of its machines at the end of their life cycle.
     
    Of ten companies that Close The Loop works with, Ricoh currently has the largest number of customers participating in its recycling program, with 3700 offices registered, a 200 percent increase over the last 18 months.
     
    In the past 12 months Ricoh has diverted a total of 500 tones from landfill including 114 tonnes of toner cartridges and bottles alone. This makes Ricoh the most pro-active and largest office automation recycler in Australia.
     
    Many of Ricoh Australia’s key customer accounts, such as Commonwealth Bank are supporters of the toner-recycling program. The Commonwealth Bank has been participating in the toner-recycling program for over three years, with some 1,246 branches and departments now participating in the program, it has diverted a total of 17, 931 kilograms from landfill.
     
    The recycling process is highly efficient and involves the complete breakdown of components to produce marketable commodities such as aluminium, stainless steel, ferrous metal, plastic, toner and ink. Even the 10% of toner or ink remaining in the cartridges is reused in new applications. These raw materials are then returned back to the original manufacturer for reuse in new printers and Cartridges.