Canon Marks 20 Years Of Recycling
Global printer manufacturer Canon has announced that 2010 will mark the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the firm's toner cartridge recycling programme.
First launched in 1990, the programme now collects units in 23 countries and, as of the end of June this year, has collected approximately 220,000 metric tonnes of toner cartridges.
In a statement to mark the occasion, Canon said: "The initiative, launched on a global scale by a single company with no cost to customers, marked a watershed moment within the industry."
The Japanese company added: "Canon's recycling bases continue to achieve a 100 per cent 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 tonnes and CO2 emissions by approximately 370,000 metric tonnes."
Canon has won several awards for their environmental work, beginning with the grand prize at Japan's 1st global environmental awards in 1992.
By Elaine Richards.