AFRICA:RECYCLING CARTRIDGES TO PAY BILLS

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AFRICA:RECYCLING CARTRIDGES TO PAY BILLS

 user 2006-10-11 at 11:20:00 am Views: 60
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    Recycling Cartridges to Pay Bills
    batswana africa :October 2006
    Georginah
    Mothusi’s job entails remanufacturing cartridges and ensuring they are
    ready for operation. Remanufacturing is a challenging profession when
    you are a beginner but it is one of the most fulfilling careers, says
    Mothusi, a cartridge recycler at Eridene Professionally Recycled
    Cartridges in Francistown.”It is an enjoyable job especially when you
    are doing it right, you just feel like doing another,” she says. She
    explains that she can inspect and remanufacture up to 30 cartridges in
    a day. An abstract from a journal by a Professor at Toronto University,
    Shun Lee, cites that an environmental concern of laser-printer toner
    cartridges are being addressed partly by remanufacturers of toner
    cartridges. Lee goes on to explain that remanufacturing involves three
    steps. “Remanufacturing or recycling cartridges at a part level
    involves the disassembly, restoration to like new condition and
    reassembly of a used product,” it reads.The journal, which focuses on
    remanufacturing waste stream goes on to say that remanufacturing offers
    significant environmental benefits by reusing the energy and resources
    expended during original manufacture and by diverting solid waste from
    landfills and incineration. “Since the primary purpose of remanufacture
    is to re-use parts, the parts, which are not reused enter the
    manufacturer’s waste stream and may be studied to identify difficulties
    in remanufacturing”.Thirty-one year-old Mothusi, who has been working
    for Eridene for four years says that it would be an ideal profession
    for anyone who is interested in printers and how they perform. To her,
    a cartridge is like the brain of any printer, so without a cartridge, a
    printer is simply non-functional. Mothusi attended training for the job
    in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Taking Monitor through the process of recycling
    a cartridge, she says that when the cartridge arrives from the client,
    she firstly inspects it.”We then clean it with compressed air and then
    we inspect it again to see if there are any defective parts that
    require replacing,” she discloses. She also checks to see if it is good
    enough for another use. “Most of the time it will be in good condition
    because a cartridge has a lifetime warranty,” she reveals.Mothusi
    explains that after this is done, she adds the correct toner depending
    on what kind of printer the cartridge belongs to. “We then test it to
    find out if it is functioning well. It has got to be 100 percent okay
    before returning it to the client. She says that it takes about 10 to
    20 minutes to remanufacture a cartridge. Most people would think it is
    impossible to recycle cartridges unless you have studied the technology
    for several years, especially in our society where Information
    Technology is still not popular but Mothusi says that besides the
    training which is not all that extensive, one has to have passion for
    the job. The most critical thing is that one has to know different
    printers and the kind of cartridge that goes hand in hand with it. “You
    also have to know the different types of cartridges. There are black
    ink and colour ink cartridges.”Mothusi says that sometimes clients
    bring in cartridges that have not been remanufactured by Eridene and
    she has to inspect it more thoroughly for defects and faulty parts. She
    advises that it is advisable for cartridges to be recycled because the
    plastic cartridges can take up to 400 years to disintegrate in rubbish
    tips. Cartridges should be used carefully and according to instructions
    for best results. She says that users should be aware of all the
    necessary precautions when dealing with cartridges to avoid the expense
    of continuously buying more. Cartridges are the heart of a printer and
    that is why following the dos and don’ts by users is critical. Mothusi
    says that at her office, they advise people on what they should and
    should not do to ensure they get the best out of their cartridges. “To
    name just a few, covering print heads is not advisable and only warm
    water should be used to clean instead of solvents. Solvents are not
    good for the cartridge,” she says.

    Also she adds that, the
    printer should be used on a regular basis to make sure the cartridges
    do not dry up. Mothusi says it is advisable to visit cartridge
    recyclers regularly and build a relationship with them so they can
    advise users on all matters involving their printers and cartridges.
    She advised the youth not to overlook this career when they leave
    school because it can be fulfilling. Mothusi said that in the next five
    years, she would like to see herself at the top of this profession. “I
    enjoy it and I can’t see myself doing anything else,” she states.