Think green recycle

| 4 February 2015

Did you know that an empty printer cartridge will take 1,000 years to decompose? And that globally at least 80 percent (13 million) of used toner and ink cartridges end up in landfills? These are frightening facts!

As we may not reuse or refill toner bottles or cartridges for Konica Minolta devices, Konica Minolta South Africa is proud to launch its
environmentally friendly toner bottle/cartridge recycling project.  But before we get to that, let’s look at what recycling actually means.

Recycling is the processing of used materials (waste) into new products. It allows us to reduce the need for “conventional” waste disposal and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to virgin production.
This is done by preventing the waste of potentially useful materials, reducing the consumption of raw materials, decreasing energy usage and cutting air pollution from incineration, as well as water pollution from land filling.  Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the “reduce, reuse, and recycle” waste hierarchy.

Konica Minolta South Africa’s recycling project will ensure that every component, including the toner powder, is recycled so that nothing ends up in a landfill. South African legislation classifies printer cartridge waste as hazardous, meaning that if they are not disposed of correctly they can cause pollution. We are pleased to announce that through our initiative, every component will be recycled, with no left over toner powder harming the earth!  
Please join us in our effort to stop any of our products ending up in a landfill – together we can make a difference!

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe


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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