Konica Minolta Launches Clean Planet Recycling Program

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2010-11-19 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The company's print component recycling program can be scaled to businesses of all sizes.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions, a provider of imaging and networking technologies, announced the launch of the Clean Planet Recycling Program that will provide consumables recycling to customers. Whether relying on a single desktop printer, a fleet of Bizhub MFPs or professional Bizhub Pro or Bizhub Press production print systems, all Konica Minolta customers can reduce their ecological footprint with the Clean Planet Recycling Program's return and recycle process.

With the Clean Planet Recycling Program, customers will now be able to return and recycle all major consumables - including toner cartridges, imaging units, waste toner bottles, developer/developer units and drums - for all Konica Minolta models without any shipping or processing costs. The program also ensures that received recyclables are processed in an environmentally safe and responsible manner - no recyclable items are permitted to go into landfills.

Small and home office customers can send in single consumable items for recycling by printing a postpaid UPS label from the Website, while a recycling box designed to hold 10-15 consumables can be ordered from the Clean Planet Website for collection in midsize offices. When the box is full, a UPS label can be printed from the Website for shipping. For high-volume customers, Konica Minolta can arrange for the delivery and pickup of recycling pallets that hold a larger quantity of consumable items.

To minimize energy and fuel costs associated with shipping, Konica Minolta has partnered with facilities located across the country, with collection points that are automatically selected based on the customer's location. When labels are printed, the closest facility is automatically selected to minimize the energy and fuel costs associated with shipping. Shipping is further reduced by the Clean Planet box, which can hold multiple consumables.

"Konica Minolta invested heavily in developing this program to ensure it would bring only the highest value to our customers, and we are excited to launch it as a critical part of our corporate environmental initiatives," said Kevin Kern, senior vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta Business Solutions. "The Clean Planet Recycling Program seeks to ensure that we are not only addressing the environmental concerns of our customers, but also meeting Konica Minolta's responsibilities for global sustainability. While delivering market-leading products and solutions is an ongoing commitment to customers, this new initiative ensures that customers can now count on Konica Minolta for much more than just their digital imaging needs."

The company also announced the release of the Magicolor 3730DN A4 color printer, which features integrated auto-duplex printing, 2400 (equivalent) x 600 high resolution image quality, and Konica Minolta's smart calibration system - enhanced Automatic Image Density Control (eAIDC). Printing at 25 ppm in color and black and white with a 120,000-page monthly duty cycle, the 3730DN has a height of only 13.6 inches and is Energy Star compliant. 

 
 
 
 
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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