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    Message of the Week 13 - 17 July 2020

    Week 29
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    Help us dispose of toner cartridges responsibly

    Did you know that 375 million used printer cartridges are thrown away each year with most ending up in landfills or in incinerators. The global e-waste disposal market size is expected to reach $14200 million by 2025, from $9680.5 million in 2019. This mountain of waste can be reduced through recycling, which is why we have partnered with recycler Carbon Footprint Recycling to boost the battle against e-waste.

    We are calling on businesses to act responsibly and accountably by disposing of empty toner cartridges and waste toner bottles in the proper manner, and we’d love your help in getting the campaign going full throttle.


    Fergus Slattery, director at Carbon Footprint Recycling, recites a quote from Robert Swan that says ‘The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.’

    It is up to us to encourage businesses to participate in our recycle, reduce and reuse programme by telling them how straightforward the recycling process is. Companies simply send a participation request to Kyocera and agree to the administration fee. They will then receive a recycling bin to collect all makes of used printer cartridges, along with a plastic liner.

    When the bin is full, the organisation requests a collection from Kyocera and the full waste bin liner is swapped for a new one. The waste will be delivered to Carbon Footprint Recycling for processing. Nothing goes into landfill.

    The recycled cartridges are turned into concrete-based planter boxes, which will either be given to the participating organisations for their own use or will be given to communities where urban farmers can use them to grow vegetables. By participating in this initiative, not only are companies keeping things green, but they are also allowing for employment and community upliftment.

    As Kyocera’s philosophy reminds us, the highest calling for a person is to serve the greater good of humanity and the world. An added benefit of participation is that companies earn enterprise development points, and receive a recycling certificate every quarter, providing proof of participation which contributes to compliance with the Waste Act. 

    For more information, email collections@dza.kyocera.com, or call +27 (0)11 595 2711. 

    Paul Wendlandt - Customer Services Support Manager - Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa

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