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Kyocera boosts toner recycling programme across Europe

Kyocera has launched a free-of-charge, direct collection toner recycling programme across Europe for all customers

KYOCERA Document Solutions, one of the world’s leading document solutions companies, is proud to announce a unified toner recycling programme across Europe in partnership with LPR who will provide collection and thermal recycling for all toner cassettes. Kyocera’s long-life components are designed to minimise waste and provide a low-cost printing solution for its customers.

Kyocera has maintained its strong heritage by promoting environmental responsibility throughout the product life cycle, from raw materials to logistics and packaging. The company is a leader in reducing waste and landfill, winning the 'Good Packaging Award' from The Japanese Institute of Packaging Materials, who recognised the environmental sustainability of Kyocera’s polystyrene-free packaging. Materials used in all KYOCERA products are carefully considered; for example, the KYOCERA toner cassette is predominately made with no metal parts, using a bromine-free plastic resin which releases fewer toxins, such as Dioxin, into the atmosphere when incinerated.

Takahiro Sato, President of KYOCERA Document Solutions Europe B.V. expressed his enthusiasm about the new scheme. "Focused effort on collecting and recycling toner cassettes forms part of Kyocera's environmental vision, enabling customers to benefit from technology without ignoring environmental impact. Recycling already exists across most of Europe, but our new consolidated approach means that more recycling can be done. We hope to increase the toner recycling rate by 64% in the first year alone."

How it works

Kyocera has launched a free-of-charge, direct collection scheme for all customers. An easy-to-use unified online platform enables recycling of single toner cassettes via postal services or box collection for larger business partners. The new partnership has a progressive feel about it and Ronald Frankfoorder, General Manager General Affairs, confirmed positive intentions; "LPR allow us to provide a 'one-stop shop' offering across Europe. Free on-demand service and routine use of local logistics ensure the product is recycled as efficiently as possible. After the successful implementation of a standard process for thermal recycling across Europe, we will soon introduce a closed loop recycling system to ensure that all components like plastics and toner powder are reused."

About LPR

LPR GmbH provides specialist pre and after sales logistics and service solutions for entire supply chains in sectors where intensive services are required. LPR operates express nighttime and daytime logistics services as well as repairs through a central repair centre and a nationwide on-site network. The service range also includes waste disposal, replacement (swapping), (emergency) storage, a hotline and a help desk. Based in Neuss, the LPR Group employs a workforce of over 500. It has 26 facilities in the Federal Republic of Germany and its own call centre, so that it can coordinate the complete handling procedure and wide-ranging service and logistics processes.

About KYOCERA Document Solutions

KYOCERA Document Solutions headquartered in Osaka, Japan is a leading manufacturer of document imaging solutions and document management systems, including colour and monochrome multifunctional products and printers and wide format devices. Kyocera’s products are renowned for their unique long-life imaging components that provide greater reliability and less waste - resulting in a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over the life of the product.

The KYOCERA Document Solutions portfolio does not stop at hardware. A full suite of business applications and consultative services allow customers to optimize and manage their document workflows, unleashing the full potential of their hardware investment. KYOCERA Document Solutions is a core company of KYOCERA Corporation, the world's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced ceramics and associated products, including telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages and electronic components. During the year ended March 31, 2015, KYOCERA Corporation's net sales totaled 1.52 trillion yen (approx. USD12.7 billion).

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