Xerox passes two-billion-pound e-waste diversion milestone
TORONTO, ONT-By recycling yet one more five-pound toner cartridge from a multifunction system,
Xerox reports that it has surpassed a major sustainability milestone by diverting more than two billion pounds of electronic waste from landfills around the world. The company's environmental program, launched in 1991, long before sustainability was on corporate radar screens, achieved the two-billion-pound milestone by waste avoidance in two areas: re-use and recycling in imaging supplies; and product take-back and recycling and parts re-use. Xerox also integrates environmental innovation into its manufacturing operations to enhance its recycling efforts. "Xerox's experience with re-use, recycling and remanufacturing has not only kept waste out of landfills, but saved the company more than $2 billion as it did so," said Patricia Calkins, Xerox vice president, environment, health and safety. The heart of Xerox's e-waste diversion effort is its Green World Alliance, a re-use and recycling program for printer cartridges and toner. The program kept more than 2.7 million cartridges and toner containers and nearly 11 million pounds of waste out of landfills last year alone. The Alliance has two components: the remanufacturing of cartridges and the recovery and reuse of toner. End-of-life cartridges sent back to Xerox by customers are cleaned, inspected and remanufactured or recycled. Remanufactured cartridges contain an average of 90% percent re-used/recycled parts and are built and tested to the same performance specifications as new products. Waste toner, also returned by customers, is recovered and re-used, mixing the old toner with new toner without compromising the product's functionality.