Sustainability & The Environment
In 2000 Fuji Xerox Co Ltd made a commitment to zero waste to landfill of recovered products1which led to the establishment of recycling systems across the Asia Pacific region. This involves collecting back from our customers our products that have reached their end-of-life, for reuse, remanufacturing and recycling.
Since 2012 Fuji Xerox Australia has been achieving zero waste to landfill and we continue to look at moving more materials up the material waste hierarchy - where reuse is paramount, when the need for use in the first place is unavoidable.
In 2014 Fuji Xerox Australia became the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in Australia to send waste toner directly to be recycled through the joint venture between Close the Loop and Downer Group to produce a value-added asphalt additive called Modified Toner Polymer (MTP). This is residual toner extracted from waste toner bottles during our remanufacturing process.
A mixture of waste toner separated at Close the Loop in Melbourne from Fuji Xerox and other OEM’s participating in the Cartridges for Planet Ark program, as well as waste toner separated at our Eco Manufacturing Centre in Rosehill, is blended in a patented process to create MTP. The MTP is added to asphalt to create TonerPave®.
Reducing Petroleum Resource Usage by Adopting Plant-based Biomass Material
Since first manufacturing polymerized toner in 2000, roughly 9% of the raw material used to make Konica Minolta toners has been plant-based biomass.*1
Konica Minolta polymerized toner contains wax dispersed evenly during manufacturing, thereby realizing oil-free fixing*2 when printing. By using plant-based materials for the wax component in all colors of toner-cyan, magenta, yellow, black-it reduces the use of materials derived from petroleum, a finite resource.
Ink that contains metallic particles should be avoided. These inks cannot be recycled and end up in landfill, where they can then leak toxic compounds into the water table. Metallic fragments can also be harmful to animals and humans if inhaled or absorbed. There are other ways to create extra special designs with a standout factor, such as environmentally friendly aqueous varnishes and finishes like embossing or die-cutting.
Laminating thicker items such as business cards and covers makes them more durable but, again, this should be avoided. These items can not be recycled after they have been discarded and so end up as landfill.