Conserving and effectively utilizing resources
Fuji Xerox Integrated Recycling System
Company-wide Product Recycle Policy
Promoting Reuse of Resources for infinite "Zero Landfill"
In accordance with a basic view that "used products are not forms of waste but are actually valuable resources," Fuji Xerox has carried out a resource recycling system (product recycling) to fulfill its social responsibility to reduce environmental burdens throughout the life cycles of its products.
This system is composed of three concepts, with the main concept being the Closed-Loop System, where used products are effectively used as resources. The other two concepts include Inverse Manufacturing, which aims to create products under the premise of reusing parts in order to minimize environmental impact, and Zero Emissions, where parts that cannot be reused are separated and recycled to be utilized again as new materials.
The basic concept of the closed-loop system is "to collect products which were released on the market; make use of collected products exhaustively; minimize adoption of new resources and circulate parts in a closed loop."
Inverse Manufacturing is composed of the following 4 steps: life-cycle planning; reuse/recycling design; environmental impact assessment; and closed-loop system. The closed-loop system, which serves as the foundation of the Integrated Recycling System, is based on the fundamental concept of "circulating parts in a closed loop" and places utmost priority on the reuse of parts.
In order to realize this, "life-cycle planning" is implemented from the planning stage of new products, under the premise that parts will be reused.
We are also taking steps toward a "reuse/recycling design" in order to expand the number of parts that can be reused.
In addition, by implementing the "environmental impact assessment," we are aiming to create products that have as little environmental impact as possible.
"Zero emissions" is an activity directed towards producing zero landfill. Here, top priority is given to reusing parts, based on the fundamental concept of the closed-loop system.
Parts that cannot be reused are recycled after being sorted in detail into a maximum of 44 different categories of parts during the recycling process.
Furthermore, through joint development with a materials manufacturer, we became the first in the industry to offer technology that can create recycled plastic materials that have the same level of quality as newly made plastic.
The Integrated Recycling System of Fuji Xerox makes the most of used resources to minimize the use of new resources and realize zero production of waste.
Fuji Xerox Closed-Loop System
Integrated Recycling System
Fuji Xerox is fostering the reuse in successor models of parts removed from collected end-of-life products for the multigenerational use of parts.
We also set guidelines to ensure and expand the reuse of parts in products. Specifically, product designers and parts/material manufacturers are encouraged to contribute to the reuse of parts based on our recycling-oriented design guidelines and our recycling-oriented procurement guidelines, respectively. We also included the reduced use of specified hazardous chemical substances in our Green Procurement Standards to decrease the use of such substances at the design stage.
Under the closed-loop system, which is based on the reuse of parts, we are making use in new products of parts removed from collected end-of-life products on the precondition that the parts meet strict quality standards.
In fiscal 2017, the total input of new resources decreased by 79 tons year on year, though the number of parts and products that utilized reused parts decreased and consumables increased.
Reduction in the input of new resources due to the reuse of partsNote 1(Total reduction across the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan and China)
- Note 1 Amount of new resource inputs avoided through incorporation of reused parts in the manufacturing process at Fuji Xerox and its affiliates.
Fuji Xerox is working to make more effective use of resources, giving first priority to the reuse of parts. For resources that cannot be reused as parts, we are fostering reuse as materials for productsNote 2. For resources that cannot be reused even as materials, we sort them into up to 44 types in Japan and about 80 types outside the country. Some of the sorted resources are sent to companies specializing in material recycling, while others are used as a heat source in thermal recycling. By establishing a recycling system, including networks with recycling partners, we are aiming to achieve zero emissions with no landfill waste.
Recycling rate of collected end-of-life products for fiscal 2017Note 3
- Note 2 Fuji Xerox uses the term “reuse of materials” to describe the situation where resources that cannot be reused as parts are reused as materials for its own products.
- Note 3 The rate of end-of-life multifunction devices and printers (machines themselves excluding consumables) whose parts are reused or recycled as materials or heat sources
International Resource Recycling System
To fulfill our responsibilities as a manufacturer, Fuji Xerox has been involved in building a resource recycling system that extends through the life cycle of our products. Being a global company, we also have responsibility to reduce environmental impact in our sales territories of the Asia-Pacific region and China. Led by this conviction, in December 2004, we started operating a resource recycling system in Thailand that collects used products and cartridges from the Asia-Pacific area, which are then thoroughly dismantled and separated for recycling. In January 2008, we started operating a resource recycling system in China. This operation collects used products and cartridges from throughout ChinaNote 4and completely disassembles the collected products to sort out the recyclable from the non-recyclable parts, aiming to achieve "zero landfill," "zero pollution," and "zero illegal disposal."
In fiscal 2012, we transferred the recycling operation to our local sites in South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.
- Note 4 Hong Kong and Macao are covered by the recycling system of the Asia-Pacific region.
Taiwan has established its own recycling system within its area because of its restrictions on the cross-border movement of used electrical and electronic equipment.
Fuji Xerox Recycling Centers (in orange)
Basic Principle of International Resource Recycling System Construction
In order to develop a global resource recycling network, we established the Basic Conception of Overseas Evolution in addition to our existing corporate policy on product recycling so that the relevant stakeholders will feel reassured in providing us with their cooperation in our recycling efforts.
Basic Conception of Overseas Evolution
- Control and manage factories under the manufacturer's responsibility avoiding risks
- Assure the consistent recycle quality same as in Japan
- Aim at reduction of environmental loads in each country and region
Our international resource recycling system also has Four Basic Principles to guarantee the same level of recycling quality and efficiency, so that there will not be any environmental impact in the country or region where the recycling system is in operation.
Four Basic Principles
- Collection of used products under manufacturer's responsibility prevents illegal dumping
- Not to import wastes
- Not to incur environmental impact on importing countries and regions (recycle base construction countries/regions)
- Return of merits to importing countries and regions (recycle base construction countries/regions)
100% Recycling Processing System
Chronology and Results
Chronology of Integrated Recycling System
- The production of products incorporating reused parts started in 1995. By now, the number of such products reached 380,000 units.
- Persons engaged in the recycling business and activities in and outside Japan gathered to discuss at a global workshop in Japan.
- Recycling treatment in South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand was localized.
- Achieved zero landfill in all of Fuji Xerox's sales areas (Japan, Asia Pacific, China).
- Resource recycling system plant in China started operation.
- Increased production of DocuCentre C2100, a resource-recycled color digital multifunction device.
- Started building an integrated recycling system in China.
- Began supplying RoHS directive-compliant products.
- Resource recycling system plant in the Asia-Pacific region started operation.
- System to collect used multifunction devices and copy machines was developed and began service.
- Started using recycled plastic parts in products manufactured at the production site in China.
- Began constructing an AP integrated recycling plant in Thailand.
- System to collect used printers was developed and started operation.
- Designated a qualified industrial waste processor for recycling over a broad area by the Ministry of the Environment.
- Developed the 3R+C (Common) simultaneous design packing material.
- Activities to promote environmental initiatives headed by our suppliers.
- Publication of environmental data with the new eco label, "Product Eco Data."
- Started nationwide implementation of zero landfill system for collected used products.
- Achieved 50% rate of reused parts through the implementation of 3R design.
- Number of products manufactured using recycled parts exceeds 100,000.
- Started using recycled ABS plastic form collected used copy machines for new exterior covers.
- Established a new recycling line for collected used copy machines.
- Launched products that used recycled parts.
- Established a company-wide policy on product recycling.
- Established recycling system concept (product recycling).
- Established company-wide environmental policy.
Evaluations from outside of the Company
- Next-generation Managed Print Service (MPS), that utilized energy-saving reconditioned devices, awarded the Minister’s Prize of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the highest ranking prize of the Energy Conservation Grand Prize 2017
- Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific awarded at the Sustainable Business Awards Singapore 2017
- Fuji Xerox Eco-Manufacturing received the Gold Award at the Industrial Waste Management Award
- October 2014: Fuji Xerox Taiwan received the 23rd Corporate Environment Award.
- September 2014: Fuji Xerox Korea received the President Award at the Leading Resource Recycling Enterprise Award Program 2014.
- October 2013: Fuji Xerox Taiwan received the Outstanding Performance Award at the Taoyuan Excellent Enterprise Award Program.
- November 2012: Fuji Xerox South Korea received the highest prize of Environment Secretary Award at the 17th Incheon/Gyeonggi-do Environment Awards.
- November 2010: Recycling site in Thailand received the Gold Prize in a ranking of waste management plants.
- December 2009: Recycling site in China is designated as a model electric appliances re-manufacturing company.
- October 2007: Resource Recycling Technology and Systems Award The Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau Chief Award/Prize.
- April 2005 14th: Global Environment Awards Fuji Sankei Group Award.
- October 2003: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Promotion Council Chairman's Prize.
- April 2003 12th: Global Environment Awards Distinguished Company Award Selected by the Global Environment Council.
- April 2001 10th: Global Environment Awards Distinguished Company Award selected by the Global Environment Council.
- April 2001: Asahi Shinbun 2nd Environment for Tomorrow Prize.
- March 2001: Resource Recycling Technology and Systems Awards Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
- June 1999 26th: Environment Awards Excellence Award.
- December 1998: Environmental Minister's Commendation for Activities to Prevent Global Warming.
- October 1998: Award for Excellency as an Advanced Office.
- April 1998: Global Environment Awards Director-General of the Science and Technology Agency's Prize.
Fuji Xerox Integrated Recycling System - Product Recycling Efforts by Fuji Xerox
This pamphlet introduces the activities concerning our Integrated Recycling System that are implemented in Japan and overseas.
It provides the concept, activities, system, and other information related to the Integrated Recycling System.
Fuji Xerox Integrated Recycling System - Progress Report
This report gives information on the results of the activities described in the comprehensive pamphlet.
It provides information on major topics as well as the numerical results for the fiscal year of our Integrated Recycling System.
Waste Reduction at Development and Manufacturing Sites
Total waste generated in fiscal 2017 fell to 12.0 kt. We targeted various productivity improvements both in and outside of Japan as part of efforts to reduce waste per production volume. We also moved forward with production process improvements and efforts to recycle waste into valuable materials. With the goal of achieving further reductions, these efforts will continue in fiscal 2018.
Waste Volumes Generated at Development and Manufacturing Sites
Waste Management at Offices
Fuji Xerox conducts appropriate waste management at offices (non-production facilities), just as we do at our production facilities, for the effective utilization of resources used in our business.
At office facilities in Japan, we digitized the manifests (industrial waste management surveys), and are furthering our efforts to improve the compliance level of our industrial waste management.
At our office facilities overseas, we make sure that waste management is in accordance to the various country's laws and regulations and is appropriate to the local infrastructure. We will continue to make sure waste management is conducted with compliance as a premise.
Activities to Reduce Use of Packaging Materials in Logistics
As part of our efforts toward conservation, we are promoting the returning and recycling of packaging materials used during transport of our products.
Since fiscal 2012, we have worked to limit the use of packaging materials to less than 17,000 tons by using durable returnable containers and through other efforts.
In addition to continuing to expand the range of products that can be transported using returnable packaging, future activities will explore systems that make practical use of recycled and reused packaging.
Reducing the Water Used at Manufacturing Process
The production stages account for most of the water used by Fuji Xerox. Since 2009, we have sought to reduce water use at production sites in Japan and overseas.
In fiscal 2017, these sites achieved 41% reductions under the target of reducing water usage to 2.59 million tons or less.
We will continue striving to maintain our target in fiscal 2018.
Water Usage in Manufacturing Process
|Water Usage in Manufacturing Process (FY 2017)||thousand m3|
|Fuji Xerox R&D Square||76.3|
|Takematsu Fuji Xerox Manufacturing||327.4|
|Suzuka Fuji Xerox Manufacturing||235.1|
|Toyama Fuji Xerox Manufacturing||939.5|
|Niigata Fuji Xerox Manufacturing||47.1|
|Fuji Xerox Korea||9.3|
|Fuji Xerox of Shanghai||54.9|
|Fuji Xerox of Shenzhen||255.7|
|Fuji Xerox Hai Phong||50.0|