Toshiba Recycles Nearly 200 Tons of e-Waste in 2015

IRVINE, Calif. (April 20, 2016) — To underscore its continuing commitment to create a more sustainable planet, Toshiba America Business Solutions today announces it recycled 174 tons of used toner products in 2015.  
The e-waste was collected via the company’s “Zero Waste to Landfill” program.  In partnership with internationally-recognized recycler Close the Loop, Toshiba has eliminated 712 tons – the equivalent of 20 maximum-size trailer trucks allowed on U.S. roads – of e-waste from filling open spaces since the program began in 2008. 

Toshiba’s acceptance and recycling of other vendors’ toner consumables – the first manufacturer in its industry to do so – further emphasizes the company’s ecological ethos and desire to protect the environment.  The Irvine, Calif. tech company, in alliance with Close the Loop, separates the spent imaging products into reusable parts, toner, plastic and metal.  This process enables the elements to re-enter the supply chain for use in future products.    
Via its collaboration with Close the Loop, Toshiba also converts e-waste into eLumber to create such outdoor products as park benches, fences and garden boxes for community organizations and nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity.  Plastic from spent toner products is converted into rulers and pens.

 “The commitment to sustainability is a vital element of Toshiba’s DNA as well as a point of emphasis for our workforce,” said Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. Vice President of Distribution and Aftermarket Sales, Tom Walter.  “Fortunately, Toshiba’s eco mission is of equal importance to the vast majority of our customers as the success of our “Zero Waste to Landfill” initiative clearly underscores.”   
Toshiba’s toner recycling efforts is one of the key elements for many of its industry-recognized e-STUDIO™ multifunction products becoming part of the EPEAT (Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool) registry.  EPEAT is the definitive global rating system for greener electronics. 

About Toshiba America Business Solutions
Toshiba America Business Solutions (TABS) is subsidiary of Toshiba TEC Corporation, a global leader in office printing and retail solutions. TABS provides multifunction printers, managed document services and digital signage for businesses of all sizes throughout the United States, Mexico, Central and South America.  
The company’s award-winning e-STUDIO™ copiers and printers provide quality performance with the security businesses require. Complementing its hardware offering is a full suite of document workflow, capture and security services including Encompass™, the company’s industry-acclaimed Managed Print Services program. Encompass enables clients to print less and optimize workflow while improving energy efficiency.
TABS’ Ellumina™ digital signage offering includes all of the hardware, software and services needed to implement both static and interactive digital signage installations. TABS provides content creation and management, displays, integration, installation and project management services as well as financing for solutions ranging for a single screen to the biggest arenas and stadiums.
TABS comprises five divisions: the Electronic Imaging Division; the Toner Products Division; the Document Solutions Engineering Division; the International Division; and Toshiba Business Solutions.

About Close the Loop
Close the Loop (CtL) is an Australian owned resource recovery and recycling company who has established a global reputation for providing creative end of life product management services.
Specializing in post-consumer recycling (PCR), CtL provides its services to leading global manufacturers of consumer and business to business products.  
Using state of the art materials separation process, CtL is founded on a ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ promise. We use a range of patented processes to recover all the materials from those products. These materials may be reused in the manufacture of the products, or turned into a range of new innovative products.  
CtL was established in Australia in 2001 and set up collection and processing facilities in the US in 2007.

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