Collection and Recycling of Ink Cartridge and Others
Ink Cartridge Recycling
Canon introduced ink cartridge collection and recycling in 1996, steadily expanding its operation to new regions thereafter. As of March 31, 2014, collection and recycling had been implemented in 31 countries and regions throughout the world.
Used Ink Cartridge Collection Volume (Cumulative)
- *Figures include cartridges for large-format printers, compact photo printers, etc.
Recycling in Japan
Ink cartridges collected in Japan are recycled into plastics by Canon Ecology Industry.
The company effectively processes ink cartridges using an integrated and automated line that encompasses all phases of recycling, from sorting collected products by model type to disassembly, pulverization and washing. The company even pelletizes the final recycled plastics.
These recycled plastics are then sent to Canon’s production plants, where they are used to make inkjet printer parts (closed-loop recycling). They are also utilized inside and outside the company in product pallets, service parts collection boxes, construction materials and stationery.
Automated recycling line
Ink Cartridge Materials Recycling
The Ink Cartridge Satogaeri (Homecoming) Project
In order to boost used ink cartridge collection, Canon pursues cooperation with other printer manufacturers in the creation of joint collection points. In April 2008, Canon took the initiative by calling on the industry to establish the Ink Cartridge Satogaeri Project in collaboration with five other companies.
Joint collection boxes are placed at over 3,600 post offices throughout Japan, making the process more convenient for customers and boosting collection rates. Collected cartridges are sent by Japan Post's “Yu-Pack” parcel service to a sorting site where they are divided by manufacturer and then returned to their respective producers, who bear the responsibility for recycling.
Activities have steadily gained momentum as the participation of local governments, beginning in 2009, has expanded collection sites to include city halls and ward offices. As of the end of March 2014, about 200 local governments were participating, with the number of collection points reaching about 2,100.
Newly set up collection box in Miyagi Prefecture
Bellmark Foundation's Educational Support Activities
Since 2005, Canon has conducted used ink- and toner-cartridge collection activities at schools. Through these measures, we cooperate with Bellmark Foundation's educational support activities, promote environmental protection and education, and contribute to local communities.
During the years of our collaboration with the Bellmark Foundation, the number of schools participating has risen steadily, to around 16,000 schools as of the end of March 2014.
Canon's ink cartridge recycling and collection activities with the Bellmark Foundation are also covered in our environmental education outreach programs.
An environmental education outreach class in session
Bellmark System Overview
Cartridge Collection outside Japan
Canon also proactively recycles used ink cartridges at locations outside Japan. Collected cartridges are reused as materials or recycled to reduce waste. As of March 31, 2014, collection and recycling was in place in 30 countries and regions throughout the world (excluding Japan).
Collection points are reviewed and determined based on the situation in each country and region. Boxes have been established in mass retail and other cooperating outlets, shopping malls, companies, schools, stations, and Canon service centers and showrooms. Used ink cartridges can also be returned to Canon by mail in certain regions, ensuring that the methodology of the campaign is considerate of customer convenience.
Used ink cartridges being collected in Singapore
Recycling of Small Rechargeable Batteries
Small rechargeable batteries are used in many Canon products, such as digital cameras and video camcorders.
According to the 2001 Japanese Law for the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources (Revised Recycling Law), manufacturers of batteries or equipment utilizing batteries are required to collect and recycle their small rechargeable used batteries. Canon has partnered with Japan Portable Rechargeable Battery Recycling Center (JBRC), a general incorporated association, to cooperate in the industry’s efforts to promote battery collection and recycling. Customers are also prompted to visit our website as a way to improve collection rates.
Canon is also joining in similar collection and recycling efforts outside Japan; for example, by becoming a member of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) in the United States.
We will continue to develop such activities.
Recycling Containers and Packaging Materials
In accordance with relevant laws and ordinances, Canon provides appropriate labeling on containers and packaging materials that encourages customers to engage in separation and hence facilitate recycling.
Canon has joined the Japan Containers and Packaging Recycling Association, a public interest incorporated foundation, to cooperate in the recycling of these items.
Canon also works to minimize container volume to reduce the volume of discarded containers and packaging materials, including outside Japan.
We will continue to make efforts in this area.