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Canon to launch carbon neutral print cartridge recycling

Carbon neutral scheme with IndustryRe in the UAE will use carbon offsets

The program will back IndustryRe's recycling with carbon offsets.
The program will back IndustryRe's recycling with carbon offsets.

Canon has announced plans for a carbon neutral toner and ink cartridge recycling program in the UAE.

The program, which is being run in collaboration with IndustryRe, a leading sustainable management consultancy firm, will use carbon credit offsets to make up for any CO2 emission produced as part of Canon's recycling program.

Canon business customers in the UAE can apply to the program, which offers free recycling of Canon toner and ink cartridges, with collection of empty cartridges by IndustryRe. All collected cartridges are sent to the Netherlands for proper recycling, to reduce waste.

Shadi Bakhour, general manager, Canon Emirates, said: "This announcement is part of our on-going commitment to be a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable company. At Canon, we continue to become more environmentally efficient across all our operations and to develop innovative technologies that can reduce the environmental footprint of our products and services.

"We are very pleased that the UAE market is setting a precedent in the region with this pioneering project. This is in line with our corporate philosophy of Kyosei, which means living and working together for the common good, and given that the UAE is a commercial hub for the Middle East, we feel that it is only fitting that we start the roll-out with the Emirates," he added.

"We are delighted to partner with Canon on this project. At IndustryRe we are committing to help companies meet their sustainability and business objectives. We are looking forward to bringing together our world-class expertise across the different sustainability disciplines to help launch this initiative in the UAE," Ahmed Detta, managing partner, IndustryRe LLC.