Canon Inc. announced that 2015 would mark the 25th anniversary of their toner cartridge recycling programme which was first launched in 1990. The programme aims to achieve zero landfill waste by reusing parts and recycling materials and collects in 23 countries worldwide.
According to Canon, the recycling programme had collected about 320 000 metric tons of Canon toner cartridges by the end of December 2013.
It has four global recycling bases Canon Ecology Industry, Inc. in Japan, Canon Dalian Business Machines, Inc. in China, Canon Virginia, Inc. in the USA and Canon Bretagne S.A.S in France. These recycling bases serve as a collection point for the toner cartridges collected in the 23 countries.
The canon toner recycling programme aims for a closed-loop system, using old toner cartridge cases to create new toner cartridges. Through this closed-loop recycling, Canon claims to have reduced the use of new resources and materials by 220 000 metric tons and reduced their CO2 emissions by about 480 000 metric tons.
To mark the celebrations, Canon will be hosting educational programmes at elementary schools in Japan to show children the recycling process. This experiment will also be demonstrated at the Eco-Products 2014 exhibition which will run from 11 to 13 December in Japan this year.