I am pleased this is the case but think there are more options available to the public sector organisations to help them on their sustainability journey.
Despite a large push in the public sector toward stronger environmental procurement policies, in many cases, this includes a reluctance, or even prevention, from buying remanufactured products themselves. This may be due to a lack of knowledge about the quality of remanufactured printers and their environmental benefits or they have purchasing criteria that actively prevents them from buying remanufactured products. Their usual purchasing criteria consists of brand-new machines, with guarantees, quality stamps and a reduced environmental impact compared to their old machines.
Whose responsibility is it to make the required change and remove barriers? Is it up to governments to set stronger targets about purchasing remanufactured products to meet circularity targets? Is it up to us as the supplier to prove the benefits and quality of our remanufactured machines or is it up to the customers to make the move by changing their procurement policies? I propose it’s up to us all!
Our bestselling models are collected from across Europe and sent to Canon’s dedicated remanufacturing facility at Giessen, Germany. They are then checked to ensure suitability for the remanufacturing.
From here they are stripped down to the bare frame and every component is thoroughly cleaned, checked for quality and if necessary, repaired or replaced.
The machine is then reassembled on a standard factory production line, using a combination of existing and new parts. Hard drives are erased and reformatted and the machine is upgraded with the latest firmware. The counters are set to zero, the machine is assigned a new serial number. Another key output is that each remanufactured machine is given a brand-new warranty that is the same standard as the warranties offer for new machines, showing the confidence we have in the machines.
"During the past 5 years, Canon has reused 15,000 tonnes of parts directly, and a further 19,000 tonnes of plastic in various initiatives, which reduces resource use and environmental impact."