In pursuit of its goal to eliminate e-waste, Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. recycled almost 200 tons of used toner products in 2013 through the company's "Zero Waste to Landfill" program. In partnership with internationally-recognized recycler, Close the Loop, Toshiba nearly doubled the amount of spent imaging consumables it recycled in 2012.
The leading managed print services (MPS) provider and business printing solutions innovator, located in Irvine, Calif., accepts other manufacturers' spent toner consumables - and was the first company to do so - to completely simplify the recycling process for its customers. Since the start of its Zero Waste to Landfill program in late 2008, Toshiba has collected nearly 450 tons - the approximate weight of 180 full-size pick-up trucks - of e-waste thereby eliminating this significant amount of the environmentally harmful material from filling open land.
Toshiba's recycling partner, Close the Loop, breaks down spent imaging consumables into component parts, toner, plastic and metal.ã These components are then recycled and placed back into the market for reuse.
In alliance with Close the Loop, Toshiba transforms used toner products into eLumber to create such outdoor products as park benches, fences and garden boxes for community organizations and such nonprofits as Habitat for Humanity. Plastic from spent imaging consumables is also used in the making of rulers and pens.
Toshiba's toner recycling efforts is one of the key elements for many of its award-winning e-STUDIOTM multifunction products becoming part of the EPEAT (Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool) registry. EPEAT is the definitive global rating system for greener electronics.
"Since the very beginnings of our company, Toshiba has placed an emphasis on taking the extra step to do what is necessary to preserve and maintain the environment," said Toshiba America Business Solutions Chief Green Officer, Tom Walter. "Our Zero Waste to Landfill initiative certainly aligns with our objective to eliminate e-waste from entering landfills. By making it as easy for our customers as possible - from sending the collection box to shipping the spent toner products to Close the Loop - our end users are completely engaged and the dramatic year-over-year increases are evidence of this success," added Walter.
To learn more about Toshiba's Zero Waste to Landfill program, please visit: http://business.toshiba.com/usa/about/green-matters/toner-recycling.html.
About Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.
Irvine, Calif.-based Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc., (TABS) is an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, the world's eighth-largest electronics/electrical equipment company. TABS is a leading managed document services (MDS) provider with experts that help organizations take control of document security, workflow and print environments. With the award-winning EncompassTM managed print services (MPS) program, e-STUDIOTM line of multifunction printers (MFPs), toner products and retail information/thermal printing systems, TABS is leading the way for businesses to print smarter, work safer and conserve resources. For more information on Toshiba solutions and services available in the United States and Latin America, please visit www.business.toshiba.com and watch our corporate video on YouTube.
Close the Loop
Close the Loop is a leading global recycler of imaging consumables including inkjet cartridges, laser toner cartridges, drum units, copier bottles and more. Using state of the art materials separation processes, all cartridges are recycled with zero waste to landfill. Close the Loop is committed to the principle of managing its operations in an environmentally responsible way. For more information, please visit http://www.closetheloopusa.com.