The copiers will be free but not the cpc charges.  If you consider that a sheet of paper costs approx $0.010 and that sheet can re reused 5x, the copier and its usage will really be free to Schools.


The paper used must be of decent quality and not contain more than 30% post consumer waste to achieve acceptable erase quality.


This is a great way to get the product into the educational marketplace and break into some school boards that Toshiba could not get at before.;PR=Apr22201594635



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Thanx for this,  wonder what the cost per page is going to be.  They key is to sort the good paper (dog ears, creases, pen & pencil marks) from the bad, and return it to the system. Just playing a little devils advocate here .


What about once the paper is distributed to the students, reclaimed by the teachers after kids have coughed, sneezed, picked their nose and pretty much contaminated the paper.  The paper is then re-used and distributed school wide.  Just a thought!


I would estimate $0.01650 per page, toner parts & labour inc.  The blue erasable toner is more expensive.


The paper reusing system consists of the e306LP copier and the RD30 Erasing unit. This is a stand alone box that sits next to the copier and has two paper trays.  The RD30 automatically separates the paper that can be recycled and one for paper that is damaged as you described and cannot be reused.


Any germs on the paper would have to survive the very high heat of the paper recycling process so not much concern about that.

Technically, the application of heat to the blue toner decolorizes the toner to clear.  The toner never leaves the sheet of paper.


I think Schools will be very interested in any print solution that saves them money in times of reduced budgets and increased eco consciousness.


Generally people are not willing to pay extra for eco but if it is free they are all for it.

A free copier does not mean that Toshiba will give you an Eco MFP without conditions.  It does not help Toshiba to give a School a free copier to see it show up on eBay a week later or in some equipment brokers inventory for resale.  It does not mean a teacher can use it for his personal print device and make 100 copies per month.  Toshiba expects its goodwill to be reciprocated by Schools that are serious in using the device in day to day operations at volumes typical of a 30 cpm A3 copier.

I have to say, I love this technology, but I feel like its real world value is VERY limited.  


People don't use paper like this and the cost savings of re-using whatever paper is reusable is offset by efficiency losses by having to walk back and erase everything.


When was the last time you or your clients printed a bunch of pages, did not write, fold, staple most of them?  And how often are you willing to walk back to a machine to run these completely pristine pages back through an erasing device.


Understanding that Toshiba Tec already launched the next generation of this line, I would not be surprised if this generosity has roots in unloading existing inventory and generating buzz for the new version.





I would agree that the "sweet spot" for e306LP is probably not your typical office environment.  Schools, in particular, Kindergarten through K12 are and this promo is aimed directly at them.  I would not underestimate how much money the use of this device could save a School and the efforts staff and students would make to maximize the real dollar savings plus help the environment.  A lot of single use paper is discarded every day in Schools at $50.00 per 5,000 sheets that can now be immediately recycled on premise.


I have read the programs Terms & Conditions and you can tell the lawyers were up all night writing this one excluding Toshiba from any possible liability.  Toshiba retains the right to use a School's acceptance of a free copier as a right to use that same School for publicity purposes.  Other than that, there are very few conditions as to who can get this free product or what happens to the copier after it arrives.


The copier comes with one free toner.  Thereafter the School must negotiate with a local service provider for more toner, parts and onsite service if they wish to continue using the device.


The e306LP might soon be replaced by the e307LP but it is a very similar model with minor feature upgrades.

With cities like New York saying today that it wants to reduce waste to zero, there could be great interest in a paper recycling copier like the e306LP.


Hopefully, someone from Toshiba will send Mayor DeBlasio a brochure on the e306LP right away.


The article states that companies that cooperate could receive tax benefits.


The article also says that San Francisco is at 80% recycle status.

GIntel has the concept a bit wrong.


The e306LP is not designed to be a replacement to an existing print device.  It is meant to be a secondary device.  Eco conscious users will copy/print to this device for inter office and temporary correspondence.


Documents where printed material or specifications are subject to frequent change can now be reused.
More expensive colored paper can be reused.
The paper normally discarded in exams, tests, surveys and

hand-outs can now be reused.


Documents where the paper is used for source articles, proof reading and contract examination can now be reused.


The e306LP can recycle up to 100 sheets at one time at 15 sheets per minute.  The recycle 1st tray can hold up to 450 sheets of reusable paper.  The recycle 2nd tray can hold up to 100 sheets of rejected paper.  The idea is for people to recycle paper all day long and when convenient for them pick up the erased/ clean paper and reuse it.


One RD30 recycle unit can support numerous e306LP copiers.


The dramatic reduction in paper usage allows organizations the opportunity to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 57 percent, as validated by the British Standards Institute, a global national standards organization.


The energy saved by recycling paper compared to purchasing new paper is tremendous.


There is also up to 80% water savings which might be important to a place like California.


30% of all office documents are discarded in one day. 80% are discarded in one month. 23% of all office waste is paper.


The Toshiba e306LP is the world's first paper recycling copier.  10 years from now acceptance for this technology can only grow as economic, environmental  and political forces change. Such changes in a huge market like Japan are already happening.  Products are not developed with just North America in mind.

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