Environmental product development lifecycle

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Product Recycling

Recycle & Reuse

Promoting collection and recycling through multiple independent programs

To build a recycling-oriented society, companies, governments, and consumers need to work together on dealing with end-of-life products. Epson is building a collection and recycling system for end-of-life products while monitoring customer needs and legislative trends throughout the world. Moreover Epson incorporates ease-of-recycling into its products starting from the development and design stage.


Worldwide programs

Worldwide programs

Please select and go to your region for further Epson collecting and recycling information.

Finished products: Cartridges:

Design for recyclability

Epson incorporates ease-of-recycling into its products starting from the development and design stage.

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Collection trend for products and cartridges

A Collection Trend for Finished Products
A Collection Trend for Finished Products

A Collection Trend for Cartridges
A Collection Trend for Cartridges

Summary of activities in each region

Europe

For finished products

The European WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) directive has become effective since 2005, and it has been transposed in national law and legislation. To comply with the European WEEE directive, Epson is building recycling systems in each country. Moreover, according to the new WEEE directive 2012, manufacturers are asked to increase recyclability of products, so Epson designs environment-conscious product consecutively. Epson is also trying to implement treatment programs for EMEA* region.

*Europe, the Middle East and Africa

For cartridges

Epson Europe B.V. (EEB) is building a collection and recycling system for cartridges while monitoring customer needs and legislative trends. EEB optimized the program in 2013 to further enhance customer service and cost performance.


Europe (EMEA) collection and recycling programs

Envelope
Collection box

  • Postal collections
    Customers request empty pre-printed envelopes, and return filled envelopes via post for consumer inkjet and LabelWorks cartridges. Customers request uReturn Label, attach uReturn Label, and dispatches parcel for laser printer (less than 10) cartridges.
  • Epson Express Center
    Customers return consumer inkjet, laser printer, and LabelWorks cartridges to the nearest Epson Express Centers.
  • Box collections
    Customers go online and sign up to the program, and receive a collection box for large format printer and laser printer (more than 10) cartridges. When the box is full, it will be collected by the recycling company.

Americas

For finished products

In North America, there is a move to introduce a Federal law pursuing producer responsibilities in collection/recycling of the WEEE. In the U.S., Epson America, Inc.(EAI) has run a voluntary take back program since 2002.

The National Cristina Foundation

In addition to the recycling program, EAI and the National Cristina Foundation have joined together with the goal of helping those who are facing economic challenges or have a disability gain access to the technology of today. With the customer donations, the program can help change the lives of those who need these products the most.

For cartridges

In the U.S. and Canada, EAI is building recycling programs such as postal service for ink and toner (only in the U.S.) cartridges.

Asia

For finished products

e-Clean logoOriginal logo

In India, Epson India Pvt. Ltd. works on promoting recycling program by making an original logo under the India e-waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011 Directives.

In Taiwan, Epson Taiwan Technology & Trading Ltd. complies with the Resource Recycling Act.
In Korea, Epson Korea Co., Ltd. (EKL) is a member of KAEE (Korea Association of Electronics Environment) and EKL complies with the Act on the Resource Circulation of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Vehicles.

For cartridges

In Hong Kong, Epson Hong Kong Ltd. started ink and toner cartridge collection in 2007. For each returned Epson empty toner cartridge, end users can get 2000 e-mileage points (worth HK$20) in their e-mileage account.
In Taiwan, Epson Taiwan Technology & Trading Ltd. set up a system in 2001 using a toll-free number and a website to accept collection requests directly from customers to facilitate on the-spot collection.

The Project Homecoming

In Singapore, Epson Singapore Pte. Ltd. got together with four other printer manufacturers and in cooperation with the Singapore National Environment Agency and National Library Board, promoting began The Project Homecoming to collect ink and toner cartridges in 2012. Under the program, consumers will be able to deposit ink and toner cartridges from any manufacturer in collection boxes that were installed at 13 branches of the national library.

Oceania

For finished products

The TechCollect

Epson Australia Pty Limited. (EAL) is a founding member of the TechCollect Program. The program is one of three government approved co-arrangements for implementation of the Federal Government's Product Stewardship Act 2011, which has begun since 2012.
EAL is serious about ensuring unwanted electronic product does not end up in landfill, and is recycled in a way that produces positive environmental outcomes.

For cartridges

The Cartridges 4 Planet Ark

EAL participates in the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program. EAL is a founding member of this promotion to recycle ink cartridges and toner cartridges. The aim of the program is to prevent cartridges from entering the waste stream and thereby reduce the potential environmental impact arising from the end of life disposal of cartridges.


Japan

For finished products

In Japan, producers have been required to collect and recycle unused computers from private users as well as business users since October, 2003, after a revision of the "Law for Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources ". In October 1999, Epson launched the voluntary collection and recycling of not only waste computers but also other Epson-brand WEEE (printers, scanners, projectors, etc.) from corporations ahead of the enforcement of related laws.

For cartridges

In Japan, Epson is building a wide variety of collection systems for cartridges while monitoring customer needs. In addition to the recycling program, Epson maintains an employment for workers who have disability by providing opportunities to work on cartridge recycling process at Epson Mizube Corporation. *Epson Mizube Corp. is a special subsidiary to support the employment of disabled individuals within the Epson Group

Take back Service

Epson is a building collection service for the customers who use massive number of cartridges. Epson makes a donation to OISCA* and NACS-J*, which works on environmentally sustainable development through this service.
*OISCA: The Organization for Industrial Spiritual and Cultural Advancement-International.
*NACS-J: The Nature Conservation Society of Japan.

Bellmark Program

Bellmark

Epson has been participated the Bellmark program since 2005, which is set up to support schools buy educational materials and equipments. The participated schools will receive points depending on the number of collected cartridges. This program will also help to reduce the wastes, and preserve the environment.

Intra-office collection at Epson group

Collection box

Epson has started the intra-office ink-cartridge collection at Epson group since October, 2011 in order to Epson expanded aid to the Bellmark program. Epson has installed collection boxes at every Epson group business sites to collect cartridges from employees, business partners, and members of the community. The collected cartridges are recycled and the Bellmark points are granted based on the number of cartridges collected. The points are then donated to the Bellmark Educational Support Foundation, local schools, or schools that were damaged by natural disasters.

Ink Cartridge Satogaeri (Homecoming) Project

The Ink Cartridge Satogaeri ProjectCollection box for
the project

Six manufacturers in Japan joined forces in 2008 to form the "Ink Cartridge Satogaeri (Homecoming) Project," a program that uses approximately 3,600 post offices across Japan to collect used genuine ink cartridges. Since April 2010, the project has begun to donate 3yen per cartridge for UNEP. Moreover, since October 2011, the project donates 1yen per cartridge to "Satoyama-initiative", which is advocated by Ministry of the Environment and UNU-IAS*.

*UNU-IAS: United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies

Joint environmental program

In April 2012, Epson and Catalina Marketing Corporation launched an environmental program where used ink cartridges from coupon printers are collected and refilled. Under the program, Epson collects used ink cartridges from nearly 30,000 inkjet coupon printers installed in retail stores across Japan. Epson then refurbishes and refills the cartridges for reuse at the stores. Except for the label, almost all parts of the cartridge are reused and product quality is managed just as it is for new cartridges.

Eco Benefits*
- Life cycle environmental impact per cartridge reduced by 56%
- CO2 emissions reduced by 39.5 tons per year

*Figures calculated under Epson's test conditions. Compared with when users dispose of new ink cartridges after use.


Better Products for a Better Future

At Epson, we know that planning for the future requires a strong commitment to the environment. That is why we strive to create innovative products that are reliable, recyclable, and energy efficient.
Better products that use fewer resources help ensure a better future for us all.

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