Toshiba Celebrates Sustainability with Recycling & Reforesting Efforts
Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to a more sustainable earth, Toshiba America Business Solutions announces its recycling of nearly 187 U.S. tons of e-waste –from spent toner consumables – and replanting of 37,083 trees in 2019.
Since 2008, Toshiba has eliminated about 1,542 tons of e-waste from entering landfills via the company’s EcoSmart Toner Recycling Program and by partnering with an internationally-recognized recycler, Close the Loop. This weight is equivalent to 15,474 average-sized (199.3 pounds) National Hockey League players1.
Upon partnering with PrintReleaf in 2016, Toshiba has replanted 78,459 trees across global reforestation projects in Madagascar, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Ireland, United States, Brazil and India. Toshiba customers choose the planting location based on recommendations of the World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch initiative.
A new tree is planted for every 8,333 sheets of paper customers print. SGS International, a world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification organization, certifies the global reforestation partners while verifying the 100 percent net survival of the trees.
“Preserving and protecting our environment is a primary focus of ours at Toshiba,” stated Toshiba America Business Solutions President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Maccabe. “Though we are pleased with our current recycling and reforestation results, we want to continually improve while operating more sustainably within every community our employees and customers live and work.”
Toshiba’s ecoSmart Toner Recycling program ensures the transformation of the company’s used toner cartridges into reusable material through a zero-thermal recovery process. Many of these components are converted into new products such as an asphalt material for resurfacing roads.
Toshiba’s toner recycling program is a significant reason the company’s award-winning e‑STUDIO™ multifunction printers are on the EPEAT (Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool) registry, the definitive global rating system for greener electronics.
- The Athletic, “Sizing up the NHL: 2019-20 NHL teams by age, height, weight and nationality,” Oct. 9, 2019
About Close the Loop
Close the Loop is a leading global recycler of imaging consumables including inkjet cartridges, laser toner cartridges, drum units, copier bottles and more. Using state of the art materials separation processes, all cartridges are recycled with zero waste to landfill. Close the Loop is committed to the principle of managing its operations in an environmentally responsible way.
For more information on Close the Loop please visit www.closetheloopusa.com.
PrintReleaf creates a global sustainability standard by certifiably guaranteeing to “releaf” the paper consumption of PrintReleaf customers. PrintReleaf is the only technology platform that measures a customer’s paper usage and directly offsets it with reforestation projects. The patented PrintReleaf technology not only tracks paper consumption, but also monitors PrintReleaf reforestation partners to ensure fulfillment. Market-leading companies with a passion for the environment and a progressive concern for advancing environmental stewardship, together with their customers, rely on PrintReleaf to provide a nexus of partnerships involving forestry, technology, and business.
For more information on PrintReleaf please visit www.PrintReleaf.com.