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Becoming a zero waste to landfill facility

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2 Author(s)
Gjetley, L. ; Ricoh Electron. Inc., Tustin, CA, USA ; Pierre, F.

Disposing of waste into landfills is detrimental to the natural environment; waterbodies, land and the air. Conservation of natural resources is important for all future generations. It is estimated that over 390 million tons of waste was disposed into United States landfills in 1999. Today in year 2001, the situation is likely to be much worse. In light of our Company's (Ricoh Company Ltd.) genuine concern to reduce this burden on the natural environment, we have embarked on the mission to discontinue disposing waste into landfills. Establishing such a system in the United States would be very difficult. The United States is a vast land with many landfills. Its culture is one of landfill disposal and not recycling. Despite this fact, Ricoh Electronics, Inc. accomplished a culture change among its employees to achieve zero waste to landfill. As of March 2001, all eleven of Ricoh's North American manufacturing factories successfully established zero waste to landfill systems.

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Electronics and the Environment, 2003. IEEE International Symposium on

Date of Conference:

19-22 May 2003