Environmental Protection

Toshiba Group to Create Zero Waste to Landfill

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) on Aug. 19 announced a partnership with Close the Loop Inc., a world-class recycler of imaging consumables, to create the "Zero Waste to Landfill" recycling program.

Scheduled to launch on Oct. 1, this program is TABS' most comprehensive environmental sustainability initiative to date, allowing for the 100-percent recycling of collected consumable supplies. The customized collection program provides the company with recyclable collection boxes and supplies, freight, transportation, and recycling services for its toner bottles, laser cartridges, drum units, toner bags, and other bulk imaging consumables.

Traditionally difficult to process, imaging supplies require specialized equipment in order to recycle them. Close the Loop has patented four different processes for recycling imaging supplies, resulting in a zero-waste solution without using thermal destruction, which yields the maximum amount of reusable materials. These hard-to-process mixed plastics, toner powder, inks, and sponges are used in the company's patented composite eLumber product, thereby reusing previously unusable materials, preventing them from ending up in landfills or being incinerated. In support of the program, TABS is creating a Web portal for dealers and customers. For details, visit www.copiers.toshiba.com on or after Oct. 1.

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