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Living And Working Together For The Common Good

Canon's aim is to make high-performance, functional products while minimising the use of precious resources and eliminating waste at every stage.

We have been successful in developing compact digital cameras that efficiently utilise as few resources as possible, printers and multifunction devices that consume dramatically less energy and programs for the collection and recycling of used toner cartridges. At each stage of the lifecycle of a product (production, use, and recycling), Canon assesses the amount of CO2 emitted and undertakes efforts to reduce it.

Canon pioneered the collection of used toner cartridges in 1990 as a voluntary measure, and started toner cartridge recycling the following year. To date, we have collected a total of 190,000 tonnes globally. All collected cartridges are utilised as reused parts in new products or in material recycling and we achieve 100% recovery. Through this toner cartridge recycling program, we have reduced the use of new resources by 110,000 tons and CO2 emissions by 310,000 tons.

Canon Australia is proud to be a founding partner of the 'Cartridges for Planet Ark' program.  Our cartridges collected through the program are returned through Canon's global reuse and recycling program or recycled in Australia by Close the Loop.  In November 2008, our environmental efforts were publicly recognised when the Association of Field Service Management International (AFSMI) announced Canon Australia as the winner of the inaugural Australian Green Service Award. We scored consistently well in all categories and were judged "best in class" by our industry peers.

Some Words from Canon

" Since the program was founded in 2003 Canon has recycled over 3.5 million toner and ink cartridges through the C4PA program.  Our business customers particularly value the reports they get from the program showing the number and weight of cartridges that they have recycled during the year.  They can use them in their own sustainability reporting.  Canon are  proud to have been a founding partner of the C4PA program which has also been a pioneer – providing a convenient solution for customers to drop off any brand of ink and toner cartridges and being assured that the resources will be effectively recovered and not wasted."  Janet Leslie,  Manager Quality Safety and Environment


For further information on our local initiatives and commitment see our 2008 Sustainability Report on our website - canon.com.au