Local Kyocera staff got into the spirit of this year's Business Clean Up Day on February 27. The team joined Channel 9's finance and business reporter, Ross Greenwood, Clean Up Australia Day chairman, Ian Kiernan, and the Mayor of Ryde council, Councillor Ivan Petch. Australian businesses dispose of 18 million used cartridges a year, which is equal to 5000 tonnes of waste. Electronic waste is sent to landfill three times more than general waste.
To help reduce the problem, Kyocera has redesigned its product range to be more environmentally friendly by providing biodegradable packing and disposal. "If the manufacturing sector is serious about addressing environmental problems, they need to start work at the design stage of every product's lifecycle," Kyocera Mita managing director, David Finn, said. "Products can be better designed so that they last longer, are more environmentally kind, and can be more easily dismantled and recycled at the end of their life." The vendor also operates a free program, KyoCollect, which aims to recycle bottles, toner cartridges, fuser units, bulk toner and other consumables from its machines.
"We have found that not only thinking but acting green too is smart business and we hope that other manufacturing businesses will adopt our attitude and practices. This would greatly reduce landfill and help our precious environment," Finn said.