Toner Recycling

At Toshiba, we take our role in preserving the environment seriously and encourage our customers to do the same. To help minimise the impact of our printer supplies, we have joined the multi-vendor ‘Circluar Planet: a printing industry initiative’ which is designed for the return and recycling of multi-brand Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) used and waste toner, empty toner bottles and empty developer bottles, managed by Close the Loop the world’s leading provider of ink and toner consumable take-back services.  

The scheme streamlines the collection process of used ink and toner consumables from all participating OEMs into a single Eco collection box, resulting in reduced CO2 emissions. With Close the Loop’s capability to collect various brands, we anticipate a substantial increase in the number of cartridges collected. This will ensure a decrease in the number of cartridges ending up in landfill, aiding us and other manufacturers in achieving circularity. The cartridges will either be recycled at Close the Loop facilities or repurposed to manufacture new cartridges. This collective effort will contribute to environmental conservation by preserving natural resources.

Customers can register for the programme at Close the Loop's Circular Planet website. Once registered you will be able to order free Eco Collection Boxes and order the free pick-up of full Eco Collection Boxes to be returned to the Close the Loop's UK collection partner for processing.

To take part in the recycling programme*, register here at Circular Planet.

We hope that you join us in our efforts to minimise our impact on the environment.

*Please note, this scheme is available for customers across UK and Northern Ireland.


Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE2) Directive governs how manufacturers and retailers in Europe behave in regards to recycling. The regulations require businesses to ensure that when they place products on the UK market that they take responsibility for the recycling costs of those products once they have reached the end of their life.

WEEE Recycling Process:

  • After checking for hazardous components (visual and/or based on material data sheets supplied by the producer), the mechanical processing is applied
  • In this process, ferrous and aluminium material is initially separated
  • This is followed by the separation of the copper-based concentrate in which all precious and other non-ferrous metals are present
  • During the initial and the final stages of the process plastics are also separated from the metal fractions
  • Continuous batch sampling allows for the analysis of the substances and materials from the product streams, which have an environmental impact on downstream processes

Toshiba Tec UK fully complies with the WEEE2 Directive with our device recycling schemes available for all our customers. Working together with DHL Environmental Solutions, Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATF) who collect our WEEE. The treatment facility is targeted by the Environment Agency to produce the maximum amount of re-usable product with a minimum target of 65% of returned WEEE. We aim to encourage and incentivise all users to recycle all their devices and consumables for re-use wherever possible. Lowering the pressure for new materials on the earth’s natural resources and reducing the risk of potentially hazardous substances entering landfill.

Waste Packing Compliance

We work with accredited reprocessors to recycle waste produced by the Toshiba Tec offices and adhere to the Packaging and Recovery Notes System (PRN). The PRN system enables packaging producers to carry out their obligations to recycle packaging waste through purchasing PRNs and PERNs. This provides evidence of the recovery or recycling being carried out and is a substitute for businesses meeting their obligation through their own recycling efforts.

Reprocessors generate income through the sale of Packaging Recovery Notes, which can then be reinvested in recycling projects to ensure that the UK meets its obligations under European regulations. As such PRNs are investment tools which ensure that recycling and recovery continue to grow.

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