TORONTO, Nov. 9 /CNW/ - By recycling yet one more 5-pound toner cartridge
from a Xerox multifunction system, Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) announced
today it has surpassed a major sustainability milestone by diverting more than
2 billion pounds of electronic waste from landfills around the world through
waste-free initiatives that create sustainability benefits for the company and
Launched in 1991, long before sustainability was on most companies' radar
screens, Xerox's environmental program achieved the 2-billion-pound milestone
by waste avoidance in two areas: reuse and recycling in imaging supplies and
product take-back and recycling and parts reuse. In addition, Xerox integrates
innovative environmental priorities into manufacturing operations to add to
its recycling efforts.
"Xerox's experience with reuse, 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. "If that amount of waste were loaded into garbage trucks,
it would fill more than 160,000 trucks, stretching more than 1,000 miles, from
Seattle to the Mexican border. We believe sustainability is an integral part
of developing products, serving customers and posting profits."
Xerox Green World Alliance
Central to the company's commitment to waste-free products is the Xerox
Green World Alliance, a reuse 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 is composed of two components - the remanufacturing of
cartridges and the recovery and reuse of toner. When a cartridge is at the end
of its life, customers send it to Xerox, which then cleans, inspects and
remanufactures or recycles the cartridge. Remanufactured cartridges contain an
average of 90 percent reused/recycled parts and are built and tested to the
same performance specifications as new products.
Customers also send in waste toner, the dry ink that is used to make
prints, to Xerox. Xerox then recovers and reuses the old toner by mixing it
with new toner without compromising the product's functionality.
Equipment remanufacturing and reuse of parts
More than 15 years ago, Xerox pioneered the practice of converting
end-of-life equipment into new products and parts. That approach has
translated into significant environmental and financial benefits, preventing
millions of pounds of waste from entering landfills - 111 million pounds in
2006 alone - while reducing the amount of raw material needed to manufacture
For these machines, Xerox equipment recovery/recycle operations
disassemble parts that can be reused, adhering to stringent standards for
quality and performance. The remaining components are disposed of or recycled.
Of the 43,000 metric tons designated as equipment waste in 2006, Xerox reused
or recycled 96 percent.
Environmentally-sensitive manufacturing processes
Recognizing that eliminating waste is not only good for the environment
but also a smart manufacturing practice, Xerox's waste-free factory initiative
has focused efforts on reducing the amount of non-hazardous waste generated by
Xerox operations and on responsibly managing waste that cannot be eliminated.
In 2006, Xerox recycled 91 percent of its non-hazardous waste, up from
80 percent in 2000.
The company is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
voluntary WasteWise program which targets the reduction of municipal solid
waste and select industrial wastes. In addition, all its major manufacturing
locations in the U.S. have earned membership in the EPA's National
Environmental Performance Track. Only facilities with a record of sustained
regulatory compliance and a history of environmental achievements are eligible
to participate in the program.
Xerox Corporation is the world's leading document management technology
and services enterprise. A $16 billion company, Xerox provides the industry's
broadest portfolio of colour and black-and-white document processing systems
and related supplies, as well as document management consulting and
outsourcing services. Over the past 40 years, Xerox has demonstrated
leadership in sustainability and citizenship in its products and its
facilities and by investing in innovation that delivers measurable benefits to
the environment. It was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America
Index in recognition of its economic, environmental and social performance,
and it received the National Medal of Technology, the highest technology award
in the United States, for its innovations.
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