Toshiba Commemorates Earth Day Through Yearlong Recycling & Reforesting
Toshiba America Business Solutions commemorates Earth Day 2021 while continuing its commitment to a more sustainable planet through ongoing recycling and reforesting initiatives. This focus led to the recycling of more than 68 U.S. tons of used toner consumables and reforesting of 21,422 trees in 2020.
Recycling Preserves Open Space
Preventing more than 1,610 tons of e-waste from entering landfills since 2008 is the result of Toshiba’s EcoSmart Toner Recycling Program in partnership with the internationally recognized recycler, Close the Loop. This weight is equivalent to 501 of the latest Zamboni® ice resurfacing machines.
Toshiba’s EcoSmart Toner Recycling Program ensures the transformation of the company’s spent toner cartridges for reuse. Many of the components convert into new products including an asphalt material for resurfacing roads.
Toshiba has facilitated the replanting of 99,736 trees across global reforestation projects in Madagascar, Dominican Republic, United States, Mexico, Ireland, Canada, Brazil, and India since partnering with PrintReleaf in 2016. Toshiba customers choose the specific areas they want to reforest per recommendations of the World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch initiative.
A new tree is planted once a Toshiba customer prints 8,333 sheets. SGS International, a world-leading inspection, verification, testing and certification organization, certifies the global reforestation partners while verifying the 100 percent net survival of the trees.
“Establishing a more sustainable and healthier planet through our day-to-day efforts is a primary focus of our Toshiba workforce,” stated Toshiba America Business Solutions President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Maccabe. “While pleased with our current accomplishments in this area, we assertively strive to improve upon and surpass these achievements in 2021 and beyond.”
About Close the Loop
Close the Loop (CtL) provides best-in-class sustainability solutions to help companies enhance corporate social responsibility programs. Trusted by the global imaging industry, CtL designs and manages high efficient ink and toner take-back, recovery and reuse programs. Working throughout North America, Australia and Europe, CtL works towards a circular economy keeping items that would normally end up in landfills and oceans and turning them into useful commodities. To learn more, please visit www.closetheloopusa.com or follow Close the Loop on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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 customers’ paper usage and certifiably reforests that usage on an equivalent basis. 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, please visit http://www.printreleaf.com.