Initiatives for Recycling Office Equipment
Konica Minolta has established systems for recycling used products in different regions around the world. It continues to carry out initiatives aimed at increasing the recycling rate for office equipment and consumables.
Machines collected in Japan in fiscal 2016
- Estimated collection rate: 73%
- Recycling rate: 99% (by weight)
Promoting Recycling of Used Products
Konica Minolta Japan, Inc., a sales company, recovers used MFPs.
Rather than mechanically crushing the recovered products, partner companies across the country dismantle them by hand, which yields a high recycling rate.
The dismantled products are separated into metals and plastics, many of which are reused as materials. The plastics that cannot be reused as materials are turned into fuel.
Recycling process at a partner company
Recovery and Recycling of Office Equipment
Recovery and Recycling Printer Cartridges
Konica Minolta operates a system for the free-of-charge recovery and recycling of used toner cartridges for laser printers in 18 European countries, the U.S., and Japan. I In the U.S., this free-of-charge recovery system has been expanded to include used toner bottles for MFPs.
Clean Planet Program website (Europe)
Recovery and Recycling of Used MFPs and Laser Printers
To facilitate the recovery and recycling of used products, Konica Minolta has established systems in each area that are suited to the regulations and markets of respective countries around the world.
In Japan, the company has received approval from the Ministry of the Environment to recover MFPs, copiers, and printers sold in Japan based on a special system for wide-area treatment of industrial waste.
Konica Minolta operates a fee-based recovery program for collecting and recycling used laser printers and copiers from corporate clients.
(Note: The program does not handle used equipment disposed of by individual customers, as such equipment is classified as general waste.)
Outside Japan, Konica Minolta is undertaking recycling programs tailored to specific countries. In Europe, for example, the company has adopted measures in compliance with the EU directive on the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).