Recycle – Contributing to the circular economy

To preserve finite natural resources and help mitigate climate change, we recognise our responsibility to re-use and recycle materials, parts and components. We operate several programmes that enable us to re-use and recycle resources, reducing environmental impacts and offering sustainable product choices to our customers.

For a list of our environmental terms, see our glossary.

The Voluntary Agreement on environmental performance of imaging equipment, signed by Canon, includes commitments to provide information on end-of-life options on consumables.

We take steps to recycle and renew products and materials in many areas.

Waste materials

Toner bottles

Inkjet cartridges

Toner cartridge recycling

Factory Produced New Models

Refurbishment

End of life

Waste materials

We re-use waste materials from our products and processes in new products to save resources. For example, we recycle plastic from returned devices into new products such as imageRUNNER ADVANCE and the housing of our calculator range. And the blister packs on our inkjet cartridges are made of at least 70% recycled plastic.

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Toner bottles

We do not have a pan-European programme in place for returning and recycling toner bottles. Please contact your national Canon office for information on any toner bottle recycling service offered by Canon in your country. Alternatively, check with your local city office or waste authority for preferred disposal methods. In most cases toner bottles can be recycled along with other plastics as they do not contain hazardous materials and there is less environmental impact from local recycling.

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Inkjet cartridges

We have a pan European inkjet cartridge return programme operating in 15 countries. More than 97% of each cartridge is recycled into other products via an approved recycling partner. Find out how to recycle your inkjet cartridges.

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Toner cartridge recycling

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Canon was the first company to introduce a laser toner cartridge recycling programme, in 1990. Each year we collect around 20,000 tonnes of toner cartridges globally, saving 30,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and avoiding the need for 15,000 tonnes of new raw materials. Read more about our 25 years of recycling.

The WEEE-compliant programme operates in 18 countries in Europe. Customers can return their used cartridges to us free of charge. Cartridges are then 100% re-used or recycled into new cartridges, using a closed-loop process. This enables us to re-use toner cartridge materials continuously without deterioration in the quality of the plastic. Find out how to recycle your laser toner cartridges.

Toner cartridge closed-loop recycling

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Factory Produced New Models

An FPNM device (formerly called ‘remanufactured’) is a new edition of the original model created from both new and existing parts. The original equipment is collected from the market, sent to a Canon factory and disassembled to the frame level. Disassembled parts are thoroughly cleaned and fully tested and every machine rebuilt then undergoes the same quality assurance process as a newly manufactured device and is guaranteed to be the same quality as and have the same performance as the original machine.

Up to 93% by weight of the parts are re-used, saving valuable resources and minimising environmental impact. Old data is erased, software is upgraded, a new serial number allocated and the counter returned to zero. The devices are sold across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

See our FPNM brochure.

See our FPNM video.

See Canon’s definition of Factory Produced New Models.

Océ Premia Class devices, including production and wide-format printers, undergo a similar process, minimising waste and enabling re-use of components, to give the machines a second life.

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Refurbishment

Refurbishment is a less rigorous process than that used to create Factory Produced New Models. It is carried out by our national sales organisations in individual countries. It refreshes devices by replacing or cleaning worn parts, making them ready for re-sale in the same country. See Canon’s definition of definition of refurbishment.

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End of life

In the European Union (EU), producers are required to enable responsible disposal of products they place on the market at the end of their useful life with customers. This ‘extended producer responsibility’ is implemented through three EU directives, to avoid waste and prevent any environmental impact from hazardous substances that may be contained in the products. Find out more about the Directives which cover waste electrical and electronic equipment; batteries and accumulators; and packaging.

In addition to the EU Directives, since 2011, Canon has been a signatory to EuroVAprint to improve the environmental performance of imaging equipment. This was endorsed by the European Commission as equivalent to binding regulation in 2013 and includes a commitment to provide information on end of life options for consumables.

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