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Toshiba celebrates sustainability

April 21, 2020

Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to a more sustainable earth, Toshiba America Business Solutions announced its recycling of nearly 187 US tons of e-waste from spent toner consumables and replanting of 37,083 trees in 2019.

Since 2008, Toshiba has eliminated about 1,542 tons of e-waste from entering landfills via the company’s ecoSmart Toner Recycling Programme and by partnering with Close the Loop. This weight is equivalent to 15,474 average-sized (199.3 pounds) National Hockey League players.

Upon partnering with PrintReleaf in 2016, Toshiba has replanted 78,459 trees across global reforestation projects in Madagascar, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Ireland, United States, Brazil and India. Toshiba customers choose the planting location based on recommendations of the World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch initiative.

CloseA new tree is planted for every 8,333 sheets of paper customers print. SGS International, a world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification organisation, certifies the global reforestation partners while verifying the 100% net survival of the trees.

“Preserving and protecting our environment is a primary focus of ours at Toshiba,” stated Toshiba America Business Solutions President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Maccabe. “Though we are pleased with our current recycling and reforestation results, we want to continually improve while operating more sustainably within every community our employees and customers live and work.”

Toshiba explained that its ecoSmart Toner Recycling Programme ensures the transformation of the company’s used toner cartridges into reusable material through a zero-thermal recovery process. Many of these components are converted into new products such as an asphalt material for resurfacing roads.

Toshiba stated that its toner recycling programme is a significant reason the company’s e-STUDIO multifunction printers are on the EPEAT (Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool) registry, the definitive global rating system for greener electronics.

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