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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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