Océ and Its Reuse and Recycling Practices A Class

CaptureThis year Océ was nominated for 2 awards in the British prize for Green IT, one of which was for reuse:

“Reuse creates a constant stream of parts and units. The ability to reuse materials is an integral part of the Océ sustainability strategy. Not only does reuse save precious resources, it also minimizes landfill waste. Océ products are typically built for long, intensive use under difficult circumstances. Designers at Océ develop products with a total life cycle in mind. When a lease period for a machine (often between three to five years) comes to a close, a machine does not end up on the scrapheap, but is rejuvenated ready for reuse. Parts and modules are designed that are not type-specific and can be used in a broad range of different printing systems. These components are suitable for reuse as service parts and in new machines. Complete machines can also be refurbished and returned to market.”

Océ went on win the Editor’s Choice in the Green IT awards:

“Brian Wall, Editor of Green IT magazine, commended Océ for its sustainability ethos, which he pointed out had been running within the company long before the environment had become such a hot topic in the world. At the awards ceremony, he said: ‘Océ is a company that builds in sustainability and its staff apply that to how they deliver solutions to their customers. Océ deserves recognition and, in this case, the accolade of ‘Editor’s Choice’.”

Also, in early 2010 Océ was nominated for the Dutch national prize for sustainable innovation, Ei van Columbus (Columbus’ Egg). Every two years, small and large companies, social institutions, governments and educational bodies compete for this prize. Océ has been nominated in the category of “Sustainable Production” for “design for reuse”. Océ is being recognized for its work today, while it has been a leader in its attitudes to people, planet and profit, long before receiving accolades at an international level. For the purposes of this white paper, the Océ products we mainly refer to will be printers. Indeed, a large portion of Océ output is in the form of prints or paper, but neither illustrate Océ’s reuse and recycling practices.