Product Take-back and Recycling
Xerox is the industry pioneer in equipment take-back and reuse/recycle programs. With the implementation of the European Union’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, Xerox will continue to operate its European take-back program to enable equipment remanufacturing and parts reuse. It will also participate in European member states’ individual collection and recycling programs as needed.

Equipment Remanufacture and Parts Reuse
Xerox pioneered the practice of converting end-of-life electronic equipment into new products and parts. We developed a comprehensive process for taking back end-of-life products from customers in the early 1990s, establishing a remanufacture and parts reuse program that fully supports our Waste-Free initiatives.

Our approach to managing products at end-of-life translates into significant environmental and financial benefits. Equipment remanufacture and the reuse and recycling of parts prevents millions of pounds of waste from entering landfills each year – 107 million pounds in 2005 alone. The practice of reusing parts reduces the amount of raw material and energy needed to manufacture brand new parts, generating several hundred million dollars in cost savings each year. We estimate that in 2005, energy savings from parts reuse totaled 9 million therms (280,000 megawatt hours) – enough energy to light more than 220,000 U.S. homes for a year. The annual reduction in waste diverted from landfill and energy saved from parts reuse since 2001 reflect a trend toward lighter weight machines and a decrease in the number of office machines returned for remanufacturing in Europe, where scrap office
products are now driven into national collection and recycling programs as a result of the new WEEE legislation.