Remanufacturing, Recycling of Used Products

Remanufacturing of Multifunction Devices

Canon remanufactures used multifunction devices.

In remanufacturing, we collect used devices and break them down into parts, which are washed and cleaned using optimal techniques to meet rigid standards. Following strict recycling standards, we replace any parts that show wear or deterioration. The product passes along the production line and through inspection processes on par with those for devices made only with new parts. When a remanufactured device is shipped, it is guaranteed to offer the same level of quality and reliability as a new product.

In Japan, we sell remanufactured devices from the imageRUNNER ADVANCE series as the Refreshed series. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE 6065-R, a remanufactured monochrome multifunction device, contains reused parts accounting for 80.9% of its gross weight.

Remanufacturing Flowchart Remanufacturing Flowchart

Remanufacturing Flowchart

Toner Cartridge Closed-Loop Recycling

In 1990, Canon launched its Toner Cartridge Recycling Program, the first such program in the industry. The program is still operating today.

Returned used toner cartridges are brought to Canon recycling sites, where they are sorted by model on the recycling line.

Reusable parts are removed prior to crushing. Washing and maintenance are performed as needed, and the parts are reused in new products. Parts that cannot be reused are crushed and separated by material using physical characteristics such as electrostatic properties and specific gravity.

The primary material of toner cartridges is the high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) used primarily for the housing. HIPS can be used repeatedly to make new toner cartridges a unique feature of Canon’s closed-loop recycling process.

We conduct used toner cartridge collection in 21 countries and regions (with a cumulative collection volume of about 379,000 tons as of the end of 2016) for recycling at four recycling sites*1 located in Japan, the United States, France, and China (recycling process in each region where the cartridges are collected).

In particular, Canon Ecology Industry (Japan) has introduced the automated recycling system CARS-T*2 since 2015. This cutting-edge recycling system handles all of the processes involved in recycling and helps make the site a clean, comfortable work environment for recycling.

Thanks to our recycling initiatives, as of 2016 we have achieved a cumulative reduction in the use of new resources of approximately 260,000 tons.

  • *1 Toner cartridge recycling sites
    Japan: Canon Ecology Industry
    The United States: Canon Virginia
    France: Canon Bretagne
    China: Canon Dalian Business Machines
  • *2 CARS-T: Canon Automated Recycling System for Toner Cartridge
Used Toner Cartridge Collection Volume (Cumulative)

Used Toner Cartridge Collection Volume (Cumulative)

Used Ink Cartridge Collection Volume (Cumulative)

Used Ink Cartridge Collection Volume (Cumulative)

  • * Data scope is worldwide. Figures include cartridges for large-format inkjet printers and compact photo printers.

Collection and Recycling of Ink Cartridges

Worldwide Collection

Canon has been collecting and recycling used ink cartridges since 1996. As of the end of March 2017, Canon’s recycling program was operational in 36 countries and regions worldwide, and the total volume of cartridges that had been collected up to the end of 2016 reached 1,946 tons.

In Japan, the Ink Cartridge Satogaeri (Homecoming) Project—a joint program implemented by printer manufacturers—collects cartridges via boxes placed in post offices, libraries, and other local government facilities, and schools collect cartridges through activities related to the Bellmark Campaign.

Outside Japan, we place cartridge collection boxes in large retail stores, affiliate sales stores, shopping malls, companies, schools, libraries, train stations, Canon service stores, Canon showrooms, and other locations, depending on the circumstances in each country or region.

For details on the Ink Cartridge Satogaeri Project and the Bellmark Campaign, please visit the following webpages.

Advancing Recycling Techniques

At Canon Ecology Industry Inc., cutting-edge recycling equipment, known as CARS-I*3, sorts cartridges by model, disassembles them, pulverizes the ink-cartridge, and washes the resulting material, on a single integrated, automated line. The recovered materials are reused in new ink-cartridge parts (closed recycling), repurposed to make pallets, construction materials, and stationery goods, or used as a combustible heat source.

  • *3 CARS-I: Canon Automated Recycling System for Ink Cartridge
CARS-I automated line for ink cartridge recycling

CARS-I automated line for ink cartridge recycling