Konica Minolta South Africa Increases Efforts in Fighting Landfill Overflow

by Konica Minolta SA

Clients of Konica Minolta South Africa, now have the option of recycling their Konica Minolta toner bottles, cartridges and imaging units through the company’s recycling programme. The programme will allow national clients to reduce their environmental impact by ensuring that toner cartridges and bottles never reach landfill sites and are instead recycled into useful products.

“Some of the plastics used to manufacture printer cartridges can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, leaving more than enough time for their toxic chemicals to spread into the soil and pollute the environment. As a local socially and ecologically aware organisation, Konica Minolta South Africa takes its responsibility of the environment very seriously and seeks out opportunities to make the way we do business more sustainable. Corporate social responsibility is ingrained in our corporate values,” says Laetitia Coetzer, special projects manager for Konica Minolta South Africa. “After months of research and development, the first proto-type of a recycled product in the form of a vegetable and/or herb pot, made from 100% 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.”

Even though Konica Minolta’s polymerised toner is non-toxic as it is made from plant-based material – and will therefore have no negative impact on the environment – South African legislation classifies printer cartridge waste as hazardous and the company wants to ensure that there is no negative environmental impact whatsoever. “The paint used to colour these vibrant vegetable pots has been recycled from our toner powder, reinforcing the fact that we take the ‘cradle to grave’ responsibility of our products extremely seriously.”

Over the past three years, the company has been committed to delivering recycling bins to all of our high volume users which, once full, will be collected by the company, at no cost to either the branch or the client.

“Since the launch of this project in October 2014 to date, Konica Minolta South Africa has recycled in excess of thirty one tonnes of toner bottles, cartridges and imaging units. By recycling old printer cartridges, Konica Minolta South Africa hopes to divert thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill sites, preserving our environment for future generations.

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