Sydney, AUSTRALIA – 17 February 2022: Canon is proud to announce that it is part of the newly launched B-Cycle Scheme, Australia’s official battery recycling scheme.
Launched on 15 February 2022, B-Cycle is a national, Government-backed scheme aimed to create a responsible battery lifecycle by bringing together stakeholders across the supply chain – from buying better batteries for the planet, to safe use, and convenient recycling.
Finding a battery recycling solution
For over 15 years, Canon has been actively finding a solution to batteries as part of our zero waste to landfill policy and was a founding member of the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI). ABRI members have worked tirelessly to promote battery stewardship and were instrumental in the formation of the Battery Stewardship Council (BSC). Canon is now a member of the BSC, which runs the B-Cycle scheme.
Canon’s Life Cycle Design process ensures that all its products reduce their environmental impact at each stage of the lifecycle from sourcing raw materials, to production, distribution, use, and to reuse and recycle at end of life. Globally, Canon has invested heavily into the design of its products so that they can be easily recycled.
Product design is only one step in the recycling process. Although it is easy to collect and reuse batteries that are returned to Canon, it is much more difficult to collect batteries from customers and households. It is estimated that only 10% of hand-held batteries are recycled. This is why Canon have also been a long-time supporter of national, multi-stakeholder, product stewardship schemes such as B-Cycle.
B-Cycle brings together stakeholders in the supply chain including retailers, manufacturers, businesses, consumers, and communities to significantly raise the recycling rate of batteries in Australia. To find out more about the scheme including where to drop off your batteries, head to the B-Cycle website.
Our commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle
As part of Canon’s commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle, Canon is also a member of the Cartridges for Planet Ark Program, TechCollect E-waste collection and recycling scheme, and the Australian Packaging Covenant. Canon supports the federal government’s aim to have every device with a plug or a battery to be recovered and treated as a valuable resource in the 21st Century and have been working towards this for over 15 years.
Find out more about our commitment to waste recycling here.