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Konica Minolta South Africa launches toner recycling programme

July 10, 2015

Konica-MinoltaThe OEM’s customers can now recycle toner bottles, cartridges and imaging units under the new programme.

While the manufacturer’s polymerised toner is a plant-based product and so is non-toxic, South African law treats printer cartridge waste as hazardous, and the company wants to ensure it causes no negative environmental impact, ITWebBusiness reported. The OEM has committed to deliver recycling bins to all of its branches over the next three months, as well as to high-volume customers users, which once full will be collected by the company free of charge.

Laetitia Coetzer, Special Projects Manager for Konica Minolta South Africa, said that some of the plastics in printer cartridges can take “up to 1,000 years” to decompose, by which time toxic chemicals will have spread into the soil. She continued: “We saw, after months of research and development, the first prototype of a recycled product in the form of a vegetable and/or herb pot, made from 100 percent recycled material, was created.

“The ultimate aim is to distribute these pots to places where planting space is limited and in rural areas, to allow communities the opportunity to create sustainable food gardens.”

Coetzer said that since the project’s launch in October 2014, Konica Minolta South Africa has recycled over eight tonnes of toner bottles, cartridges and imaging units. “By recycling old printer cartridges, Konica Minolta South Africa hopes to divert thousands of tons of waste from landfill sites, preserving our environment for future generations,” she added.

“Even the paint used to colour these vibrant vegetable pots has been recycled from toner powder, reinforcing the fact that we take the ‘cradle to grave’ responsibility of our products extremely seriously.”


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