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Canon’s Approach to Achieving a Circular Economy

Canon endeavors to make products smaller and lighter for more efficient use of limited resources, and to reuse and recycle materials as much as possible to reduce the amount of waste. We are also working hard to reduce the amount of water used and waste generated at operational sites involved in manufacturing.

In particular, Canon pursues product-to-product recycling—in other words, recycling used products into new ones. As part of this pursuit, we have emphasized such initiatives as closed-loop recycling of toner cartridges and the remanufacturing of multifunction devices—collecting them post-use and making them into essentially new products.

Resources that cannot be recycled from product to product are used effectively in other ways: for example, in material recycling, in which materials are repurposed in a range of ways; or, in thermal recycling, in which materials are combusted for heat.

Canon has five sites conducting recycling, in Japan, Europe (two sites), the United States, and China. We are continuing initiatives aimed at circulating resources within the same regions where they are consumed.

In the last five years, we have taken 19,350 tons of plastic from used products for reuse as raw materials, and another 14,853 tons of products and parts were reused directly.

Flow of Canon’s Circular Economy

Flow of Canon’s Circular Economy

Product-to-Product Recycling Amounts (2012-2016 Cumulative Total)

Product-to-Product Recycling Amounts (2012-2016 Cumulative Total)