Epson and the Environment
To expand the resource reuse and recycling loop, work with customers, communities, and others in the industry to collect and recycle end-of-life products in countries around the world.
Epson's Global Collection and Recycling Systems
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Collection and recycling program of imaging equipment
Collection and recycling program of cartridges
Collection Trends for Products and Cartridges
Summary of Activities in Each Region
The European WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) directive has been effective since 2005, and has been reflected in national legislation. To comply with the European WEEE directive, Epson is building recycling systems in each country. Moreover, Epson implements environmentally-conscious design in response to the WEEE directive 2012, that requires manufacturers to increase recyclability of products. Epson also acts quickly to comply with similar legislation that is expected to be adopted in EMEA1 nations that are not EU member states.
1 Europe, the Middle East and Africa
Epson Europe B.V. (EEB) is building a collection and recycling system for cartridges while monitoring customer needs and legislative trends. In 2013, EEB rebuilt the system to provide customers with more collection options and to increase recycling efficiency.
- Postal Collections
Customers request empty pre-printed envelopes, and return filled envelopes via post for consumer inkjet and LabelWorks cartridges. Customers simply request and attach a return label, and return up to ten cartridges in a package.
- Epson Express Center
Customers return consumer inkjet, laser printer, and LabelWorks cartridges to the nearest Epson Express Center.
- Box Collections
After customers go online and sign up to the program they 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.
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.
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.
In the U.S. and Canada, EAI has created a mail-based recycling program for ink cartridges. In the U.S., customers can return toner cartridges by attaching an electronic return label printed from a website.
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 South Korea, Epson Korea Co., Ltd. (EKL) is a member of KERC (Korea Electronics Recycling Cooperative) and complies with the Act on the Resource Circulation of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Vehicles.
In Hong Kong, Epson Hong Kong Ltd. (EHK) started ink and toner cartridge collection in 2007. Customers can bring cartridges to the EHK office and business users can schedule a pickup online for toner cartridge quantities of five or more.
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.
In Singapore in 2012, Epson Singapore Pte. Ltd. joined with Canon Inc. to cooperate with the Singapore National Environment Agency and National Library Board to begin promoting The Homecoming Project to collect ink and toner cartridges. Under the program, consumers can deposit ink and toner cartridges from any manufacturer in collection boxes installed in 21 branches of the national library.
Epson Australia Pty. Limited. (EAL) is a founding member of the TechCollect Program. The program is one of three government approved co-regulatory arrangements for implementation of the Federal Government's Product Stewardship Act 2011, which began in 2012.
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.
Since 2003 Japan has legally required producers to collect and recycle unwanted computers from individuals and as businesses. In 1999, Epson launched a voluntary program to collect and recycle other Epson-brand waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) also, such as printers, scanners, and projectors, from businesses ahead of the enforcement of applicable laws.
Epson has built various cartridge collection schemes while monitoring customer needs. In addition to being good for the environment, Epson's cartridge recycling program provides employment to persons with disabilities at Epson Mizube Corporation, a special subsidiary to support the employment of disabled individuals within the Epson Group.
- Take-Back Service
Epson has set up a collection service for customers who consume large numbers of cartridges. As part of this service Epson makes donations to OISCA1 and NACS-J2, organizations that work on environmentally sustainable development.
1 The Organization for Industrial Spiritual and Cultural Advancement-International.
2 The Nature Conservation Society of Japan.
- Bellmark Program
Epson has participated in the Bellmark program since 2005. In addition to reducing wastes and helping to preserve the environment, the Bellmark program supports participating schools by awarding them points for ink cartridges collected. Schools use these points to purchase educational materials and equipment.
- Cartridge Collection Program at Epson Sites in Japan
Epson began collecting used ink cartridges at Epson Group sites in Japan in 2011 in order to expand aid to the Bellmark program. Collection boxes have been installed at every Epson business site to collect cartridges from employees, business partners, and members of the community. The collected cartridges are recycled and 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
Printer manufacturers in Japan joined forces in 2008 to form the Ink Cartridge Satogaeri (Homecoming) Project, a program that uses approximately 3,600 post offices and more than 200 local governments across Japan to collect used ink cartridges. The project has donated to UNEP and the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), a program advocated by the Ministry of the Environment and UNU-IAS3.
3 United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
The Ink Cartridge Satogaeri Project (Japanese)
- 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.
- Life cycle environmental impacts per cartridge reduced by 56%
- CO2 emissions reduced by 39.5 tons per year
4 Calculated under Epson's test conditions. Compared with when users dispose of new ink cartridges after use.