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| Fuji Xerox to Recycle Most Used Copier Machines
February 2, 1999 (TOKYO) -- Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., a leading Tokyo-based
producer of copiers, said that in February it will begin a recycling
system that enables used copiers to be recycled at a rate of 96.9 percent
in terms of weight.
|The recycle rate has so far been about 81.1 percent and the final disposal
rate for used copiers is about 14.8 percent. Fuji Xerox said the disposal
rate will be improved to just 0.4 percent.
The new recycling system will be implemented at the company's Ebina plant,
where used copier machines will be collected. Next, the operation will
be implemented across the Kanto region (Tokyo and nearby areas). The
company will put the system into effect at all of its plants in 2000.
The new recycling system is a product of the Asset Recovery Management
Stream (ARS). In September 1998, Fuji Xerox achieved a recycle rate
of 96.8 percent and a disposal rate of 0.3 percent at a demonstration
test for "Zero Emission" and recycling in collaboration with 13 recycling
companies. Re-Tem Corp. is one of those companies. They possess a range
of techniques for separating metals and plastics.
On the basis of the results, Fuji Xerox decided to adopt the recycle
system by reconfiguring its control process.
Fuji Xerox is improving the recycle rate by separating individual parts
as much as possible without a shredder. In particular, it is greatly
improving the aluminum recycle rate.
Also, it said that the recycle rates for nonferrous metals, plastics
and rubber are being greatly improved.
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