Green Marketing (distribution, sales, service, recovery, and recycling initiatives)
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 2015
- Estimated collection rate: 67%
- Recycling rate: 99% (by weight)
Promoting Recycling of Used Products
In Japan, used MFPs are recovered through sales companies nationwide. Dismantling and separation of the recovered MFPs is outsourced to partner companies in each region of the country. The partner companies do not mechanically crush the recovered products; rather, they dismantle them by hand, which yields a high recycling rate.
Dismantled parts are separated into things such as metal and plastic and sent to different disposal companies for recycling as reusable materials or fuel.
Recycling process at a partner company
Recovery and Recycling of Office Equipment
Recovery and Recycling Printer Cartridges
Konica Minolta is operating a system, the Clean Planet Program, for the free-of-charge recovery and recycling of used toner cartridges for laser printers in 18 European countries, the U.S., and Japan. 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. At this time, 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 and their markets. In Europe, the company has adopted measures in conformity with the EU directive on the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).