ASEKOL and CANON CZ celebrate the success of ECO WEEK: CANON employees have collected end-of-life electrical appliances and helped save the environment

10. 11. 2023

Prague – as is now a tradition in autumn, CANON held its ECO WEEK, the aim of which was to protect the environment and raise awareness about the responsible management of e-waste. This initiative was implemented as part of its long-term cooperation with the ASEKOL compliance scheme.

CANON is a responsible company that continuously strives to minimise the adverse impact that e-waste has on the environment, thereby supporting sustainable development in the long term and contributing significantly to the circular economy.  As part of ECO WEEK, CANON and its employees devoted their efforts and energy to collecting end-of-life electrical appliances. Together they sorted and collected used electrical appliances and filled in educational quizzes on the correct sorting and recycling of electrical waste. At the end of ECO WEEK, an award ceremony was held to honour CANON employees for their outstanding efforts. During this event, CANON was also presented with a cheque worth CZK 10,000 to support awareness-raising activities in the field of e-waste recycling. The cheque was presented on behalf of the ASEKOL compliance scheme by Daniel Šafář, Sales and Marketing Director, who also added: “The cooperation with our long-term client, CANON, during ECO WEEK was inspiring and successful. We look forward to future joint projects to promote sustainability and minimise the adverse impact of e-waste.”

And what were the outcomes of ECO WEEK? These results are definitely worth it! Together, CANON and its employees collected 2,601 tonnes of e-waste, which went to a processing plant for environmentally-friendly recycling! Nowadays, huge environmental savings can be achieved through the environmentally-friendly treatment of such a large amount of e-waste. Specifically, in terms of water, for example, this is a saving of more than 200 m3 of water. Alternatively, if we were to convert this amount of collected e-waste to CO2, 12,000 tonnes of CO2 would not have been generated, or, converted to primary raw materials, that makes almost 2 tonnes of primary raw materials that would not have had to be extracted.

Michal Petro, CANON representative, concluded by saying: “The proper management of e-waste that promotes sustainability and helps to protect the environment is an absolute priority for us. We are proud of our employees and thank them for their commitment and dedication during ECO WEEK.”