Canon Figured Out a Way to Turn Waste Ink into Roadway Asphalt

August 29, 2022

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asphalt road uses soybean oil as a biopolymer
NEW SURFACE: This stretch of asphalt uses soybean oil as a biopolymer. The technology was developed by Iowa State University through the support of the Iowa Soybean Association. A similar product will be a new “floor” for the Varied Industries Tent at the 2022 Farm Progress Show.Ryan Bergman

In order to reduce waste created by the company, the tech supplier Canon has partnered with Virginia-based Basic Construction to give waste toner from printers another life. The recycling process involves pelletizing the material to be incorporated into the asphalt mixture.

The ink cartridges that are collected for recycling are categorized by material and each part within them is separated by automated machines. From there, each different material is sent to its respective recycling process, which Canon is thankful to have discovered for the toner after a lot of research.

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