TOKYO, December 3, 2014Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. today announced that 2015 will mark the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the Canon Toner Cartridge Recycling Program, the goal of which is to achieve zero landfill waste by reusing parts, recycling materials and employing energy recovery. First launched in 1990, the program now carries out collection operations in 26 countries worldwide and, as of the end of December 2013, has collected approximately 320,000 metric tons of used toner cartridges.
The 25th anniversary logo
In October 1982, Canon launched the PC-10 and PC-20, 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 kyoseiliving and working together for the common goodindependently introduced the Toner Cartridge Recycling Program in 1990. 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 26 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.
While Canon works to address various environmental issues, resource recycling is one area in which the Company focuses particular attention. 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 that realize equivalent levels of quality. As a result, since 2003, all four of Canon's recycling bases continue to carry out resource recovery that does away with landfill waste and, as of the end of December 2013, the Company has reduced the use of new resources by approximately 220,000 metric tons and CO2 emissions by approximately 480,000 metric tons.
On the occasion of the Canon Toner Cartridge Recycling Program's 25th anniversary, next year the Company plans to expand its recycling-themed eco-lesson visits to elementary schools in Japan. Featuring an experiment involving the separation of materials made of plastics and metals, these special lessons will complement science classes taught at the schools, providing insight into the properties of various materials.
Additionally, the same experiment will be presented at the Eco-Products 2014 exhibition in Japan, which will be held from December 11 to 13 at Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center).
|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
|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||Canon Virginia introduces new materials recycling plant|
|2011||No. of countries where toner cartridges collected increases to 26|
|2012||Collection volume of toner cartridges reaches 300,000 metric tons|
|2013||Canon Bretagne introduces new materials recycling plant|
|2015||25th anniversary of Canon Toner Cartridge Recycling Program|
Global recycling bases and countries where cartridges are collected
Overview of closed-loop recycling
Breakdown of Toner Cartridge Recycling (by mass)
(Results for 2013)