Clean Manufacturing Preserves Clean Air and Water
Controlling chemical and water use in Xerox operations and through product design
Xerox manufacturing operations have reduced emissions of particulate and toxics in the air by 95% since 1991.
We design our products to strictly control emissions of chemicals and noise during equipment use. Our current products have chemical emission levels that are well below global regulatory requirements.
Xerox toners are non-toxic and do not generate hazardous waste.
Water consumed by Xerox operations is sourced from local municipal suppliers who withdraw water from lakes, rivers and other surface waters. All water quality is tested as required to maintain compliance at each site. The water discharges at manufacturing sites are monitored to validate compliance with local sanitary sewer discharge limits. Water is discharged to municipal water treatment facilities.
While in 2015 no water was recycled or reused, a pilot program was initiated to evaluate a technology designed to use Reverse Osmosis reject water for a secondary purpose. The water will be utilized as supply to cooling towers at the site. Currently this water is sent to the sanitary sewer and ultimately to the Publically Owned Treatment Works (POTW). Projections indicate water savings of five (5) percent of purchased water per year. If the pilot is successful, the technology will be evaluated for possible replication at other locations within Xerox.