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Tech giants tackle e-waste challenge

The biggest names in tech are making efforts to effectively deal with the problem of e-waste.

Toshiba America Business Solutions (TABS) said this week its Zero Waste to Landfill initiative enjoyed a record 2017, recycling ‘228 metric tons of used toner’; with the scheme having stopped 1,000 metric tons plus of e-waste contaminating land since its launch in 2008.

The company works with recycler, Close the Loop, to gather materials for reuse within the circular economy, in products including pens, pencils and those used for resurfacing roads.


“Toshiba’s commitment to the environment is a core value of our company and something that’s taken very seriously by our leadership and workforce. We are pleased that many of our clients share this interest and the success of our ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ initiative is just one example of how they have embraced this mindset,” said Tom Walter, Toshiba America Business Solutions vice president of distribution and aftermarket sales.


It is part of the a wider trend of corporate action. Samsung’s e-waste collection programme in America is proving successful, while Apple has set out its closed-loop’ vision and e-waste collected via Dell’s recycling initiative is being transformed into jewellery. E-waste is even being transformed into medals for the Japan Olympics – and could eventually just disappear.

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