Recycle and Reuse

Efforts in Resource Savings

KYOCERA Document Solutions has established a resource recycling system. Under this system, all collected used products are transported to recycling centers operated by KYOCERA Document Solutions and carefully disassembled by hand. After that, an inspection identical to that conducted on newly manufactured parts is conducted on the disassembled parts; reusable parts are reused while any parts not reusable are recycled to the utmost extent. The company has been continuing to achieve zero landfill waste (zero emissions) with this resource recycling system.

Establishment of Reusing and Recycling System

In Japan, KYOCERA Document Solutions collects and recycles products and toner containers no longer used by customers through its eight collection centers and recycling centers located throughout Japan. By locating its centers in eight regions throughout the country, the transportation distance can be shortened to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by transportation.
At collection centers, the quality conditions of products collected from customers together with the status of their use by customers are confirmed. After that, the products are transported to recycling centers.

At each recycling center, the products are sorted out based on their quality conditions, and only parts that passed the standards are transported to the company's Reconditioning Plant. The company has achieved zero emissions by thoroughly sorting out non-reusable parts and focusing on material recycling. (Final landfill rate: less than 1%)

KYOCERA Document Solutions places top priority on reuse, rather than recycling, of used products and toner containers. However, portions that are not reusable are recycled; items are carefully disassembled by hand, focusing on material recycling, and the disassembled parts are sorted out by material such as metal, plastic and glass.
The portions that are not recyclable through material recycling are recycled through chemical or thermal recycling. Through these efforts, KYOCERA Document Solutions successfully reduces landfill waste to as close to zero as possible, and has continued to achieve zero emissions since fiscal 2008.

Reuse of Parts

KYOCERA Document Solutions is also engaged in the business of supplying reusable parts recovered from collected used products to the market as reuse parts.

Based on the information about used products confirmed in the collection centers, reusable plastic parts, printed circuit boards, electric parts and other parts are sorted out, cleaned and inspected for quality at the recycling centers. After that, stricter inspection is conducted on these parts and only parts that passed the inspection are shipped as reuse parts.

Change in Number of Reused Parts


Easy administration and ecological waste disposal

Using original KYOCERA toner can substantially reduce the administrative effort and cost associated with disposing of empty toner cassettes. In most European countries KYOCERA has established a toner return program. The service is free of charge – just order a collection box for empty KYOCERA toner cassettes. Contact our service provider for an immediate pick-up and replacement with an empty one. What could be more simple and efficient?

By using an official KYOCERA returns program you are also assured that empty cassettes will be recycled or disposed of in the most ecological way possible. KYOCERA does not offer this service for non-genuine toners.

Reuse of Toner Containers

KYOCERA Document Solutions has been promoting the collection and reuse of used toner containers since 1998. Used toner containers collected from customers are gathered to the collection centers and then transported to the recycling centers. These toner containers are sorted out regarding cracks, flaws and the like based on the criteria used at the center. After that, reusable toner containers are transported to the Reconditioning Plant, where they are cleaned and undergo strict inspection for appearance, airtightness, etc., identical to that conducted on newly manufactured toner containers. After that, they can finally be reused.

In fiscal 2009, 512 tons of used toner containers were collected and 198,000 toner containers, were reused. Since model change was conducted for products using reusable toner containers in fiscal 2009, although the weight of the collected toner containers increased by approximately two percent from fiscal 2008, the number of reused toner containers decreased by about 20 percent.

Collected and Reused Toner Containers

Weight of Collected Toner Containers and Number of Reused Toner Container

Using original KYOCERA toner saves the staff health, device health and your money

Economy and cost-saving targets
Your business can save money with genuine toner. Original KYOCERA toners are independently tested to deliver a specific number of pages. The most common standards are iSO/iEC 19752 for mono devices and iSO/iEC 19798 for colour. You can be certain that the KYOCERA toner cassette you purchase will deliver the output volume you expect. The same assurance cannot be made for nonoriginal toners. 

Staff health
Firms are obliged to protect the health of their staff. To satisfy the requirement of germany’s Blue Angel ecolabel, KYOCERA toner must be free of harmful substances such as:  Mercury; Cadmium; Lead; Nickel, ChromiumVi compounds, and Dyes that might release carcinogenic particles. Because original KYOCERA toners pass the Blue Angel tests, KYOCERA purchasers can be sure that they have fulfilled their obligation to provide a safe working environment. 

Device health
The longlife design of KYOCERA devices is fundamentally different to other laser products. the durable components in ECOSYS devices are designed to operate in conjunction with original KYOCERA toner.

Preserving resources by avoiding waste
Depending on the model, conventional printers can require 15 to 20 times their volume in consumables during their service life. KYOCERA devices produce significantly less waste because, unlike other makes, the ECOSYS concept does not involve the replacement of the photoconductor drum and developer unit when the toner runs out (see pictures below).

We dramatically reduce waste: an average competitor’s toner container includes 60 separately manufactured components; an original KYOCERA toner cassette includes four.

Please read the brochure below which will give insight about positive effect original toner have.

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