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Canon USA increases cartridge collection and recycling

September 28, 2011

The OEM has designed and launched a US-wide campaign to collect and recycle used inkjet cartridges.

The campaign will be operated in collaboration with delivery company FedEx and cartridge recycling company Close the Loop, as well as e-waste processor Sims Recycling Solutions, and will see more used cartridges leaving the market for destruction and recycling.

The program will allow Canon printer users to drop off PIXMA inkjet cartridges at over 1,600 FedEx centres across the United States, where Sims Recycling Solutions will consolidate and collect the cartridges. From there, Close the Loop will recycle and shred the used cartridges.

Yuichi Ishizuka, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications, Canon USA, stated: “With the rise in consumer environmental awareness, Canon is pleased to offer customers the opportunity to participate in this national recycling program.

“Environmental responsibility and awareness have always been a top priority for Canon, and recycling is one of the simplest yet most beneficial aspects of this.”

Cartridge collection and shredding is a practise that a number of OEMs undertake to remove used cartridges from the market, as opposed to reuse through refilling or remanufacturing.

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