Canon Rolls Out Inkjet Cartridge Recycling Scheme Across Europe

2013-03-27 14:14:30

Published on 2013-03-27 14:14:30

More and more companies and consumers are now becoming environmentally-conscious of their printing processes.

Despite the introduction of cloud computing, ink remains one of the most important resources for modern organisations and it can be extremely costly if it is not managed accordingly.

Rather than printing all of their documents in colour, companies should enforce a policy to dictate what kind of articles are delivered in colour and ink respectively, with external articles taking priority for the former.

This will enable them to reduce their expenditure, meaning that cash can instead be reserved for other resources within a business.

Such an approach is also advisable for homeowners, who can save substantial amounts of cash by only using their colour ink when completely necessary.

Once their cartridges have been used, consumers can help to protect the environment by recycling them, and there are many different options and companies for them to do this with.

Canon is one business that offers its own ink cartridge recycling scheme, which has been rolled out to 15 markets in Europe, covering Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

The company's scheme enables customers to recycle genuine inkjet cartridges for free and guarantees that 100 per cent of each of them are diverted from landfill.

Thanks to the initiative, more than 97 per cent of each cartridge is reused and recycled into other products, while the remaining there per cent is used to generate energy from waste.

To take part in the scheme, customers need to visit the Canon website and choose their home country. Once a form is completed, Canon will supply freepost return envelopes to enable consumers to return their cartridges for recycling.

Canon's scheme demonstrates its ongoing commitment to decreasing its environmental impact, with the company already running a successful Canon toner cartridge scheme in 20 countries (including 16 in Europe).

This has existed since 1990 and has led to more than 287,00 tonnes of toner cartridges being recycled across the globe, saving 185,000 tonnes of raw materials and 430,000 tonnes of C02.

Canon is hoping to minimise waste and re-use materials and resources as much as possible to decrease its environmental impact, with this including sustainable materials.

Recycled plastic and bioplastic are used for many of the manufacturer's exterior parts, particularly in its imageRUNNER ADVANCE range.

As part of Canon's environmental efforts, it has created an environmental charter, which aims to achieve growth while contributing to the globe's prosperity.

Its environmental philosophy reads: "To pursue maximisation of resource efficiency and contribute to the creation of a society that practises sustainable development. We seek to harmonise environmental and economic interests in all our business activities, products and services.

"We offer products with lower environmental impact and we try to avoid activities that threaten the health and safety of mankind and the environment."

Canon ensures it operates in compliance with environmental laws and encourages the collecting and recycling of products at the end of their lifetime, while running an environmental management system to boost performance.

It is also hoping to maintain close relationships with governments, communities and other parties.

Furthermore, it is working to "seek to minimise waste and promote recycling, as well as reducing energy consumption and harmful emissions".

Canon has also explained its recycling process for cartridges.

"Once toner cartridges are received at the recycling site, they are sorted according to model before being disassembled. It is at this point that reusable parts are cleaned and recovered.

"After cleaning, reusable parts go through a rigorous inspection process that employs the same strict quality standards applied to new parts. Parts reused in a new toner cartridge are the charging roller, sleeve and magnetic roller," the company stated.

Posted by Barry Ashmore.

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