Xerox says it has diverted more than 2 billion pounds of electronic waste from landfills around the world through waste-free initiatives.
“Xerox’s experience with reuse, recycling and remanufacturing has not only kept waste out of landfills, but saved the company more than $2 billion as it did so,” said Patricia Calkins, Xerox vice president, Environment, Health and Safety. “If that amount of waste were loaded into garbage trucks, it would fill more than 160,000 trucks, stretching more than 1,000 miles, from Seattle to the Mexican border. We believe sustainability is an integral part of developing products, serving customers and posting profits.”
The Xerox Green World Alliance, a reuse and recycling program for printer cartridges and toner, kept more than 2.7 million cartridges and toner containers and nearly 11 million pounds of waste out of landfills last year, according to the company.
Converting end-of-life equipment into new products and parts kept another 111 million pounds of waste out of landfills.
Of the 43,000 metric tons designated as equipment waste in 2006, Xerox reused or recycled 96 percent. In 2006, Xerox recycled 91 percent of its non-hazardous waste, up from 80 percent in 2000.