Think Green, Recycle

by Konica Minolta SA

Did you know that an empty printer cartridge will take 1,000 years to decompose?  And that globally at least 80 percent (13 million) of used toner and ink cartridges end up in landfills?  These are frightening facts!

As we may not reuse or refill toner bottles or cartridges for Konica Minolta devices, Konica Minolta South Africa is proud to launch its environmentally friendly toner bottle/cartridge recycling project.  But before we get to that, let’s look at what recycling actually means.

Recycling is the processing of used materials (waste) into new products. It allows us to reduce the need for “conventional” waste disposal and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to virgin production. This is done by preventing the waste of potentially useful materials, reducing the consumption of raw materials, decreasing energy usage and cutting air pollution from incineration, as well as water pollution from land filling.  Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the “reduce, reuse, and recycle” waste hierarchy.

Konica Minolta South Africa’s recycling project will ensure that every component, including the toner powder, is recycled so that nothing ends up in a landfill. South African legislation classifies printer cartridge waste as hazardous, meaning that if they are not disposed of correctly they can cause pollution. We are pleased to announce that through our initiative, every component will be recycled, with no left over toner powder harming the earth!
Please join us in our effort to stop any of our products ending up in a landfill – together we can make a difference!

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