Konica Minolta South Africa increases efforts in fighting landfill overflow

| 9 July 2015

Customers of Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, now have the option of recycling their Konica Minolta toner bottles, cartridges and imaging units through the company's new recycling programme. The programme will allow local clients to reduce their environmental impact by ensuring that toner cartridges and bottles never reach landfill sites and are instead recycled into useful products.


"Some of the plastics used to manufacture printer cartridges can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, leaving more than enough time for their toxic chemicals to spread into the soil and pollute the environment. As a local socially and ecologically aware organisation, Konica Minolta South Africa takes its responsibility to the environment around us seriously and seeks out opportunities to make the way we do business more sustainable. Corporate social responsibility is ingrained in our corporate values," says Laetitia Coetzer, the special projects manager for Konica Minolta South Africa. "To this end we saw, after months of research and development, the first proto-type of a recycled product in the form of a vegetable and/or herb pot, made from 100% recycled material, was created. The ultimate aim is to distribute these pots to places where planting space is limited and in rural areas, to allow communities the opportunity to create sustainable food gardens."


Even though Konica Minolta's polymerised toner is non-toxic as it is made from plant-based material - and will therefore have no negative impact on the environment - South African legislation classifies printer cartridge waste as hazardous and the company wants to ensure that there is no negative environmental impact whatsoever.


Over the next three months, the company is committed to delivering recycling bins to all of its branches to make it easy for customers to drop off their used toner bottles.  Bins will also be delivered to high volume users which, once full, will be collected by the company, at no cost to either the branch or the customer.


"Since the launch of this project in October 2014 to date, Konica Minolta South Africa has recycled in excess of twelve tonnes of toner bottles, cartridges and imaging units. By recycling old printer cartridges, Konica Minolta South Africa hopes to divert thousands of tons of waste from landfill sites, preserving our environment for future generations," she concludes. "Even the paint used to colour these vibrant vegetable pots has been recycled from toner powder, reinforcing the fact that we take the 'cradle to grave' responsibility of our products extremely seriously."


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Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment" stated that Konica Minolta is "recognised globally as a leader in print transformation". As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource). Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its innovative service approach that complements their devices perfectly, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘"Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Serviceability and Support 2020/2021" by Keypoint Intelligence. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With approximately 10,000 employees (as of April 2020), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over 2.34 billion in financial year 2019/2020.

 

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