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Brother reaches 40 million recycling milestone

 

Brother has reached a milestone in recycling: 40 million toner cartridges remanufactured or recycled globally since the programme began in Europe in 2004 – enough to reach from Brother’s global Recycling Technology Centre in Wales to their headquarters in Nagoya, Japan.

Globally, customers can return empty cartridges to one of Brother’s four remanufacturing facilities in Wales, Slovakia the USA or Asia. Each cartridge goes through a stringent checking process, with components either reused or replaced, meaning the majority of cartridges can be remanufactured and resold, as good as new. Any parts that can’t be reused are recycled by Brother, ensuring that absolutely nothing goes to landfill.

Craig McCubbin, Managing Director of Brother Industries UK and Brother Industries Slovakia said: “to say we’re proud of this achievement is an understatement. Of the 40 million cartridges our customers have returned, 86% of them have been remanufactured using our market leading process, which is impressive, and unique across the printing landscape.

“Our waste hierarchy is simple. We want to reuse as much as we can. In 2021 our remanufactured toner cartridges had a 33 percent lower carbon footprint than new ones. By remanufacturing in the way we do, Brother saves around 5,300 tonnes of CO2 globally every year – which is equivalent to taking 1,150 cars off the road.”

Brother’s European remanufacturing facilities were also recently both awarded carbon neutral status and the collection scheme has been zero waste to landfill accredited since 2013. By cutting down on waste at all points of the lifecycle, Brother believe they can support customers reach their own sustainability goals.

Craig added: “our promise is simple, when a customer returns an empty cartridge to us, we will remanufacture or recycle all parts so nothing goes to landfill. As a result of this process, an average business can save up to 40kg of CO2 per year, or more, simply by sending back used genuine Brother toner cartridges, helping to reduce their carbon footprint and impact”.

“We’ve had great feedback from customers on our recycling scheme but we’re not content on stopping there. In the next three years we plan to grow the number of cartridges we remanufacture. We are also looking at our ink and hardware returns and have ambitious plans to ensure customers can return all Brother products.”

Brother’s recycling programme began by processing a handful of cartridges in 2004. Since then, it has grown to remanufacturing approximately 3 million toner cartridges a year.

Customers can return Brother cartridges free of charge via their website.