Xerox has tapped an Australian company to make it easier for customers to dispose and recycle used toner and ink cartridges.
Close the Loop, which expanded to the U.S. in 2007, will collect the used printer products through designated collection boxes. The company then processes the products, breaking down and separating the materials so they can be reused.
A similar Xerox program operates in Europe called Eco Box, part of the company’s larger Green World Alliance program targeting waste reduction and other environmental issues.
“During the past 12 years, our collaboration with customers has kept more than 143 million pounds of cartridges, bottles, and waste toner out of landfills,” Patricia Calkins, vice president of sustainability, environment, health safety, said in a statement. “As we continue to make it easier for customers to participate in our remanufacturing, reuse and recycling efforts, we get closer and closer to our ultimate goal of zero waste.”
Since its inception in 2000, Close the Loop has worked with original equipment manufacturers to divert used printer cartridges from landfills, including Toshiba, Lexmark and Ricoh. Its flagship technology, dubbed the “Green Machine,” can separate the materials from toner cartridges, toner bottles, drum units and fuser assemblies.
According to its website, Close the Loop produces a black colorant called LC Black that is made with more than 40 percent post consumer recycled toner powder. Another product, called eLumber, is made from recycled polystyrene and related plastics for use in fences, outdoor furniture and sound barriers.
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