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 user 2008-04-10 at 11:17:03 am Views: 49
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    Post Offices Collect Empty Ink Cartridges in Japan
    08Six printer manufacturers and Japan Post Holdings collaborate.A
    collection box used for the “Ink Cartridge Home Coming Project”

    Industries Ltd, Canon Inc, Dell Inc, Seiko Epson Corp, Hewlett-Packard
    Japan Ltd and Lexmark International announced that they launched the
    “Ink Cartridge Home Coming Project” to collect ink cartridges of home
    inkjet printers in Japan.”Printer manufacturers have individually made
    efforts like setting collection boxes at consumer electronics stores,
    but they (ink cartridges) are often disposed of as general trash,” said
    Haruo Murase, executive vice president of Canon Marketing Japan Inc.
    “Every company was beginning to feel its limitations.”

    companies expect that the collaborative collection will increase the
    number of collection points and raise awareness of the users to
    increase the collection rate of ink cartridges.In the project, the post
    offices and distribution system of Japan Post Holdings Co Ltd are used.
    As of April 8, 2008, the companies have collection boxes in 3,638 main
    post offices across Japan. Collected cartridges are sorted by maker and
    recycled by each manufacturer.Mizube Laboratory, special subsidiary of
    Seiko Epson, sorts the cartridges. The postal service delivers the
    collection boxes from post offices to Mizube Laboratory and the sorted
    cartridges from the laboratory to the printer manufacturers.

    of the six manufacturers recycle collected cartridges mainly as row
    materials. Seiko Epson, however, reuses the cartridges.In Japan, about
    200 million ink cartridges are sold per year. But the collection rate
    is about 10% at present, said a person in charge of the project. The
    person expects that the collection rate will be quickly increased 10%
    by the project and continue to grow thereafter.The cost of the
    collaborative collection is borne by the six companies. The
    contribution percentage of each company depends on the amount that the
    company collects and the percentages that the companies agreed on in
    advance, the person said.The companies said this is the world’s first
    collaborative collection of ink cartridges.”Now that we have agreed on
    the collaborative project in Japan, we are going to seriously consider
    expanding the project to overseas,” said a person in charge of the

    Inkjet recycling scheme aims for greener times
    post office gathering cartridges of all stripes The industry giants are
    encouraging customers to recycle their used cartridgesThe piecemeal
    process of recycling inkjet cartridges may be centralised soon if a
    trial in Japan involving six industry giants bears fruit.The clean half
    dozen, including Dell, Lexmark and HP, this week started a trial that
    has placed collection boxes for ink cartridges of all six manufacturers
    in 3,600 post offices across Japan Posters encouraging customers to
    drop off their used cartridges are in place – they also explain that
    the entire collection is sorted and each piece of plastic is returned
    to its maker for recycling.

    Current rates are low
    The current
    system in Japan and many Western countries relies on individual
    companies placing collection boxes in electronics shops and
    supermarkets.this yields a low 10 per cent recycling rate on all
    cartridges purchased – a figure the Japanese scheme aims to improve
    considerably. Given that Japan alone uses 200 million of the disposable
    ink shots a year, the scope for improvement is clear.Although the two
    Tokyo post offices we visited this afternoon had yet to see their first
    ink deposit, the firms involved all have high hopes, saying they may
    take the scheme overseas if it works well.