BUSINESS TREASURES INK-CTG TRASH

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BUSINESS TREASURES INK-CTG TRASH

 user 2006-08-16 at 11:50:00 am Views: 53
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    Business treasures ink trash
    Chain’s stores recycle cartridges to save money, environment
    Eco-savviness
    and thrift blend at Cartridge World, a printer cartridge recycling
    store that attracts customers interested in saving money and the
    environment.Cartridge World and stores like it operate on a simple
    concept: Rather than pay $20 or $30 apiece for new ink or toner
    cartridges for printers, customers can take in their old ones and have
    them refilled.Or, customers can buy recycled cartridges refilled with
    ink or toner. The end product is up to 50 percent cheaper than
    purchasing new.

    And it helps the environment.
    According
    to Recharger magazine, a printer-cartridge trade publication, more than
    300 million cartridges get tossed in U.S. landfills each year.Every
    remanufactured cartridge saves nearly 3 1/2 pounds of solid waste from
    potentially being deposited in landfills. The plastic in each toner
    cartridge takes 3 1/2 quarts of oil to produce, and each new inkjet
    cartridge requires 2 1/2 ounces of oil.Surprise resident Tim Rockwell,
    owner of the shop that opened in May at 17173 N. Litchfield Road in
    Surprise, has hopes of grabbing a piece of the nearly $10
    billion-a-year cartridge-recycling industry.”When I heard that no
    Cartridge World store has ever failed, I was really shocked,” he
    said.”I mean, I’ve even seen McDonald’s close, but the fact that
    Cartridge Worlds don’t really got my attention.”After reading up on the
    cartridge-recycling trend, businessman John Slupka stopped buying new
    cartridges in May. He has since reported saving nearly 30 percent in
    printer-cartridge costs.”You’re always looking to shave expenses,” said
    Slupka, owner of Assist-2-Sell in Surprise.The industry’s
    penny-pinching possibilities helped Cartridge World surpass 1,000
    stores worldwide in June. The business concept is one also used by big
    chains such as Staples and OfficeMax and smaller Island Inkjet kiosks
    in shopping malls.However, the global franchise is one of the most
    common and fastest-growing chains.The store is meant for cartridge
    recycling alone, unlike larger office suppliers selling new cartridges
    with a few recycled options. That popularity translates into
    dollars.One of the franchise’s most popular stores, in Chicago, raked
    in $86,000 in June. Two stores in Idaho bring in around $60,000 each
    month on average.Rockwell has yet to break even in his first two
    months. But Cartridge World’s corporate figures predict the Surprise
    store is on track to become profitable in its fifth month.Though the
    cartridge-recycling concept is wallet-friendly for consumers, printer
    companies are putting up a fight to keep their customers spending with
    many designing cartridges that are difficult to clean and refill.