*NEWS*SERVING A CARTRIDGE TRADE

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*NEWS*SERVING A CARTRIDGE TRADE

 user 2006-01-13 at 10:43:00 am Views: 57
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    Serving cartridge trade
    COuple finds opportunity in recycling pricey computer printer  CARTRIDGES …Oh the money people would save if inkjet and laser printer cartridges ran on Dom Perignon.
    After
    all, the famously expensive New Year’s bubbly costs a fraction of what
    conventional printer ink costs, according to a November article in
    Business-Week magazine – $13 an ounce for a 1990 vintage Dom, compared
    with $34 an ounce for your average brand-name printer ink.
    And
    that’s why Chuck Sawyer and his wife, Kathy, hope to cash in on the
    lucrative printer-ink business by offering refills at a fraction of the
    retail cost.
    The couple bought the rights to South Australia-based
    Cartridge World’s metropolitan Tucson market before opening their first
    location about a year ago in Midtown Tucson. With a new Northwest Side
    location, the couple is poised to educate the public about the benefits
    of reusing printer cartridges through an ongoing community service
    campaign.
    By paying participating organizations an average of $1 per
    used cartridge, Cartridge World gains needed supplies while the groups
    collecting cartridges raise needed funds.
    Even the cartridges that can’t be reused are sent for recycling instead of to the dump, Chuck Sawyer said.
    “It’s a renewable resource if people just knew about it,” he said.
    Several school parent-teacher associations have already jumped on the bandwagon, raising hundreds of dollars in the process.
    The
    SaddleBrooke Rotary recently wrapped up a fund-raising drive to send
    phone cards with local troops who are being deployed overseas, said
    Nancy Haugh, community service director for the Rotary.
    The group put cartridge collection boxes in two of the SaddleBrooke libraries for three months, Haugh said.
    They collected enough used cartridges to purchase six 55-hour phone cards at $38 each, she said.
    “It should take care of a whole group of people.”
    The
    SaddleBrooke Rotary will continue to collect cartridges to exchange for
    funds for other projects into the new year, she said.
    Teacher Mary Roth had the Sawyers’ daughter in her third-grade class last year when she learned about Cartridge World.
    She
    had the class do recycling research and hosted a poster contest about
    it, she said. Then she began a class fund-raiser with Cartridge World.
    “Cartridge
    World gives money back to the community, and the kids have a recycling
    program. The win is that (Cartridge World) does most of the work, and
    our children are reimbursed,” she said. “Usually the kids just recycle
    for free, but this turned out to be a moneymaker.”
    She’s now working with the Canyon del Oro High School choir booster club to recycle cartridges as a fund-raiser, she said.
    And
    she’s begun buying the refilled cartridges for personal use at home,
    where she saves about a third of what she used to spend on printer ink,
    she said.
    Sawyer said about half of the stores’ business actually
    comes from other small and midsize businesses. Cartridge World offers
    pickup and drop-off service for those clients, who report savings of 40
    percent or more.
    He pulled out a laser cartridge for the Hewlett-Packard 4000 series, which normally retails for $128. His price: $75.99.
    Carolyn
    Harrison, office coordinator at Walbro Engine Management, which runs
    about a dozen HP LaserJet printers every day for everything from human
    resources to information technology, said the company switched to
    Cartridge World in early May.
    “They’re the only ones we get all our
    toner cartridges from now,” she said. “The savings is the most
    important thing with any company.