A Commitment to Environmental Stewardship
4 Office is committed to protecting the environment by continually looking for ways to improve our own environmental footprint. To illustrate this commitment, we have ensured that our headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario contributes ZERO waste to landfills. In addition, working with our customers and partners, we strive to minimize our collective environmental footprints through promoting industry best practices, improved processes and energy efficiency. Read below and learn how it’s easier to be green when you choose 4 Office ..
#1. Product Selection
4 Office carries some of the most environmentally-friendly products in the world. Our partners— Kyocera Document Solutions and Lexmark—were carefully selected for strict environmental policies and extensive environmental programs. All are ISO 14001:2008 certified, and Energy Star, Blue Angel, EcoLogo™ certified and do not produce ozone.
#2. Sustainable Practices and Products
In addition to selecting environmentally friendly equipment brands that are ozone free, we also aim to maximize the total lifespan of all of our products in the field, which lowers the overall cost for our customers and on the planet. When leases end, devices are rarely scrapped, but are remanufactured and redistributed to reduce waste. When equipment does become fully obsolete it is sent to a designated Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) collector.
#3. Packaging Disposal and Recycling
We partner with three of the top recycling services in Ontario to divert packaging materials from ending up as landfill waste. U-Pak Disposals Ltd. ensures that all garbage and wooden pallets are collected and recycled on a weekly basis or as required.
Garbage: All garbage is picked up weekly and is then incinerated to produce electricity that is sold back to the grid.
Wooden pallets: All pallets picked up “as required” and recycled appropriately.
Styrofoam: All styrofoam is recycled by EPS Solutions Inc., where it is turned into other useful products such as plastic containers, picture frames, flower pots etc.
Cardboard & Office Paper: All cardboard and office paper is picked up by Cascades (a large paper manufacturer) for re-processing into new paper products.
#4. Electronics Disposal and Recycling
In addition to the proper recycling of products and packaging, we also pay rigorous attention to the disposal of electronics from our own offices. 4 Office employees are also part of the solution, as we encourage them to bring used batteries and other electronics into our office for professional disposal in an environmentally-friendly way.
#5. Delivery and Service Efficiency
Delivery logistics and service technician territories are always scheduled and positioned based on postal code to reduce travel and fuel consumption.
#6. Office Efficiency & Best Practices
Our employees share 4 Office’s commitment to the environment. Office practices we take to reduce environmental impact include: use of energy-efficient lighting; strict power-saving settings on electronics; default duplex settings on printers and copiers; and, an exhaustive blue bin policy that separates materials for proper disposal.
#7. Consumables Recycling and Retrieval
4 Office ensures our suppliers have free cartridge recycling programs in which empty cartridges can be returned. We also retrieve empty cartridges as part of the contract agreement with certain customers. The empty containers are then saved and transported to our vendors in bulk—to reduce the impact of shipping—where they are subsequently taken to their ISO-certified recycling facilities.
#8. Promoting and Enabling Better Environmental Practices Throughout the Public and Private Sector Across Canada
Perhaps even more important than the individual efforts to reduce our environmental footprint is the way our printing solutions have assisted our customers in achieving their environmental goals and commitments, through better device allocation, energy savings and print management.
One of our recent case studies featuring Sheridan college illustrates the remarkable savings that can occur with an Enterprise Managed Print Solution, with paper waste being reduced by an average of 30% and yearly energy consumption from print devices reduced by over 50%.
In our journey to ever-greater sustainability, we continually look for new, innovative ways to further reduce our own environmental impact, as well as that of our customers.
To read 4 Office’s complete environmental mission and policy click here.