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Asia Pacific Integrated Recycling Centre

What can be remanufactured in an office device?

The Asia Pacific Integrated Recycling Centre based in Thailand processes up to 30,000 units of equipment and 500,000 toner cartridges per annum. The centre achieves over 99.8 percent resource recovery from end-of-life products and employed 350 local staff in 10/11.

Between its opening in December 2004 and March 2011, the centre has processed more than 150,000 products and generated more than 23,000 tonnes of recycled resources. Our efforts in product stewardship are not just resolving a landfill issue — through parts reuse we avoided more than 28,130 tonnes of carbon emissions and more than 4,460 tonnes of new raw material requirement across all Fuji Xerox companies in 09/10.

Policies and procedures are in place to ensure that the local environment is not impacted by our resource recovery facility. A tracking system deters any illegal disposal, and parts containing hazardous substances are exported to specialist waste management providers where required. The facility also monitors the environmental and safety management practices of our local recycling partners in Thailand. Where required, Fuji Xerox has committed to work with those partners to further improve their environmental management.

We joined this program in early 2005 after obtaining the necessary export licenses from the Australian Government in December 2004. In 10/11, we exported 1,626 tonnes of equipment, parts, cartridges and packaging to this facility for recycling or remanufacture.

In 10/11 we explored local equipment recycling options that can achieve a similar recycling rate to our dedicated facility in Thailand as part of our broader review of product return systems. Although there have been no issues with our well-managed operations, there is a growing trend against the off-shoring of e-waste due to poor waste management practices in developing countries. Meeting the requirements of the Basel Permit has also been a resource-intensive exercise and costly delays have been encountered in the process. We are hopeful that improved business efficiencies and equal, if not better, environmental outcomes can be achieved through a local e-waste recycling strategy. Further work will continue in 11/12 to address these issues and develop processes within Australia to meet our goals.