Since the early 1990s, Ricoh has positioned "resource conservation and recycling" as one of the pillars of its environmental conservation activities. We have globally developed reuse and recycling program for MFPs, printers, supplies, and consumable parts collected from customers by region and by product.
In Japan, we apply a lease-based business model for MFPs. We maintain a framework to track each unit, with our collection system tapping it to ensure effective resource usage. We leverage the accumulated expertise from this setup in countries with varying business models. There are more than 100,000 Ricoh products collected annually in Japan as used products, and most of them are currently reused and recycled as remanufactured products, recycled parts or recycled materials. Since 2010, our product design and technology divisions have helped us reuse functional components in periodically replaced units for imaging products. We will continue progressing with initiatives internally and with suppliers and other business partners to broaden the scope of reuse and recycling.
We deploy takeback programs, reuse, and recycling efforts through our own facilities in Europe, Japan, Americas, Asia, and China business regions. Each Group company maintains standards for selecting trustworthy industrial waste contractors. These standards include such internationally recognized endorsements as ISO 14001, ISO 9001, R2, and eStewards.