Kodak's Recycling Program Marks Record Milestone, Leaving Little to Waste
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Apr 07, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Eastman Kodak Company has achieved the milestone of recycling 1.5
billion single-use cameras, including both Kodak cameras and those from
the company's competitors.
Started in 1990, the Kodak
single-use camera recycling program, works with photofinishing
outlets to return used single-use cameras to Kodak sorting centers,
where they are then routed for recycling. Nearly every piece of the
camera is either recycled or reused in the ongoing production of more
single-use cameras, bringing down costs for consumers and keeping huge
amounts of waste out of landfills. Laid end-to-end, the 1.5 billion
cameras would stretch 120,000 miles, which is enough to circle the earth
five times or reach more than halfway to the moon.
Of the 1.5 billion, nearly 1 billion were Kodak single-use cameras. In
the U.S., the rate of recycling rate for Kodak single-use cameras is
84%. That is up from 75% just a few years ago and is the highest rate of
recycling of any consumer product in the U.S., handily beating the
national recycling rates for items such as aluminum cans (52%) and
consumer electronics (less than 20%).
With these increased recycling rates, it means that today most Kodak
single-use cameras are produced from recycled camera bodies.
"We're excited to remain a leading champion of recycling in the U.S. and
beyond with this program that is now in its 19th year," said
Joel Proegler, general manager, Film Capture and vice president, Film,
Photofinishing & Entertainment Group. "Even in this digital age, there
continues to be strong demand for single-use cameras, and we're
continuing to meet this demand in an environmentally responsible manner."
How does it work? A photofinisher returns used single-use
cameras to a collection center. Kodak then pays a fee for returned
single-use cameras, including those from other manufacturers with whom
Kodak has an exchange agreement. The cameras are collected after the
film is processed and, in the U.S., sent to Rochester to be sorted and
routed. Through a mutual agreement, major competitor single-use cameras
are sent to their original manufacturers while Kodak single-use cameras
are sent to a Kodak factory in Guadalajara, Mexico, to be recycled and
reused. The body and internal parts in good condition are put into new
single-use cameras, while the rest of the camera, such as the plastic
outer casing, is ground and recycled. Kodak will feature new packaging
to inform customers of the benefits of the recycling program.
"This is truly an impressive accomplishment. We work with electronics,
appliance and automobile manufacturers around the world to help them
'close-the-loop' by recovering plastics from their end-of-life products
and remanufacturing them so they can be used in new products. Kodak has
accomplished this and more, even re-using some of its recovered
components in new single-use cameras," said Dr. Mike Biddle, President
and Founder of MBA Polymers, Inc. "Additionally, Kodak has embraced a
'design for recycling' philosophy, made its cameras easier to dismantle,
and used compatible materials and components to assist the recycling
the lineup of Kodak single-use cameras.)
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Christopher Veronda, 585-724-2622
Audrey Jonckheer, 585-724-9035
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