Canon Introduces Recycling Program for Ink Cartridges

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As any business or individual who owns a printer already knows - or should know -ink cartridges need to be recycled in order to protect the environment. The first step to doing so is making sure only those items that absolutely require a hard copy are printed out.

There are some employees who feel that everything they do must be printed, but that simply is not the case. Printing is a necessity for any firm, but yours can cut back on some costs by printing less. When the office printer(s) run dry, the next step, after ordering replacement ink, is to recycle the old cart(s).

A number of manufacturers have their own recycling system, and Canon has recently introduced a new, comprehensive plan for recycling ink cartridges. To do so, they partnered with FedEx, Sims Recycling Solutions and Close the Loop. Users of Canon's PIXMA cartridges can drop them off at any of the 1,600 or so FedEx Office Print and Ship Centers around the country. This should make it relatively simple for customers to participate.

"With the rise in consumer environmental awareness, Canon is pleased to offer customers the opportunity to participate in this national recycling program," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications, Canon U.S.A. "Environmental responsibility and awareness have always been a top priority for Canon, and recycling is one of the simplest yet most beneficial aspects of this."

This recycling initiative for ink cartridges is part of the company's larger "Generation Green" program that is aimed at cutting back on unnecessary waste by reducing the negative impact their products have on the environment during all stages of their production and lifecycle. The primary focus of the program is to educate consumers and business owners on the dangers of wastefulness and the environmental and fiscal pros of green practices.

Close the Loop produces a number of eco-friendly products to complement this program for recycling ink cartridges. Some of their green goods are:

• Felt-tip pens and markers that are made from inkjet plastics and inks
• Industrial colorants made from recycled ink
• Recovered metals that can be recycled into new steel and aluminum ingots
• Scrap plastics that can be turned into the company's synthetic "eLumber"

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