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Toshiba Recycles Close to 200 Tons of e-Waste in 2014 / Nearly 600 Tons of Used Toner Products Since 2008

28 Jan, 2015

IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2015) —To demonstrate its firm commitment to protecting the environment while creating a more sustainable planet, Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. recycled almost 200 tons of used toner products in 2014. Through the company’s “Zero Waste to Landfill” program, this amount of environmentally-harmful materials was prevented from spoiling open land.
In collaboration with internationally-established recycler, Close the Loop, Toshiba has prevented more than 592 tons – the weight of 46 heavy-duty trucks – of e-waste from filing open land since the program began in late 2008. To further underscore its eco-consciousness, the Irvine, Calif. content management innovator also recycles other vendors’ toner consumables, the first company to do so.
Via its partnership with Close the Loop, Toshiba dismantles the spent imaging products into usable parts, toner, plastic and metal. As a result, these elements may re-enter the supply chain for use in future products.
Toshiba – in alliance with Close the Loop – transforms the e-waste into eLumber to create such outdoor products as park benches, fences and garden boxes for community organizations and nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity. Plastic from spent imaging consumables is also used in the making of rulers and pens.
“At Toshiba – from our executives to our rank-and-file employees – we all take immense pride in operating as sustainably as we possibly can,” said Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. Vice President of Distribution and Aftermarket Sales, Tom Walter. “Our sustainability ethos just as importantly extends to our customers. The success of our “Zero Waste to Landfill” initiative is a clear example of this shared interest,” Walter added.
Toshiba’s toner recycling efforts is one of the key elements for many of its industry-recognized e-STUDIO multifunction products becoming part of the EPEAT (Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool) registry. EPEAT is the definitive global rating system for greener electronics.
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About Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.
Irvine, Calif.-based Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc., (TABS) is an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company and the world’s eighth-largest electronics/electrical equipment organization. At Toshiba, we understand managing your business content goes well beyond making copies. It’s about managing information whether it's in print, in digital format or displayed visually. Our people offer leading, real-world products and solutions – whether speaking of our award-winning, e-STUDIO multifunction products or innovative Ellumina digital signage line – to handle all of your content management needs. We’ll help you cut costs, secure your information and reduce your environmental footprint. And if there’s one thing every business and our planet can use right now, it’s managing to do more with less. 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.

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