Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

June 27, 2010


Used Ink Cartridges Recycling Project Donates Funds to UNEP

Keywords: Manufacturing industry Reduce / Reuse / Recycle 

Six Japanese companies that sell inkjet printers, including Canon Marketing Japan Inc. and Epson Sales Japan Corp., started contributing funds to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on April 1, 2010. This is one of a number of joint initiatives carried out by the companies to collect and recycle used home printer ink cartridges under the framework of the "Ink Cartridge Homecoming Project," and is the first donation by Japanese private firms to work for environmental conservation in Asia and the Pacific regions through UNEP.

Under a shared understanding among the six companies of their corporate social responsibilities as companies selling inkjet printers, the used ink cartridge recycling project has been conducted in cooperation with the Japan Post Group since April 2008.

The used ink cartridges are collected at 3,639 major post offices nationwide (as of March 23, 2010) and certain municipalities. Every six months, a donation of 3 yen (about 3.2 U.S. cents) per cartridge is made to UNEP.

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Posted: 2010/06/27 06:00:15 AM