STATE OF THE INDUSTRY ON COLLECTING EMPTY INK CARTRIDGES

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STATE OF THE INDUSTRY ON COLLECTING EMPTY INK CARTRIDGES

 user 2010-01-11 at 11:19:57 am Views: 49
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    STATE OF THE INDUSTRY ON COLLECTING EMPTY INK CARTRIDGES
    In a recent conversation with Chris Stoddart at EOS inc ,Tonernews.com asked some inportant questions regarding the state of the industry .and altough things seam “Ok” for some of the big empty collection players ,they are actually rather slow & down in collecting empties overall troughout the U.S.,Tonernews.com asked these important question to help you and your business strive forward in these tuff economic times .

    state of the industry on collecting empty ctgs by Chris Stoddard @ EOS inc

     
    TN:are their enough to go around ?
    EOS:There is not enough to go around.  Historically our issue as a recycler has always been finding the product. Even with our 15 plus years and thousands of end user collection programs we still fall short in finding ALL the items we need ALL the time.  Of course in being a commodity item the valuation on any item is of course skewed towards its availability!
     
    TN:why is their a shortage ?
    EOS:Simply because if (hypothetically) a 100 cartridges are made by a  OEM  for instance:  40 are sent back using the pre paid return service, 40 are thrown out. 20 are sold or cashed in to companies such as ours.  The crux of the matter is there is a awe full allot of cartridges consumed but the percentage that actually is sold or recycled with companies such as ours is a small percentage.
     
    TN:what are the oem’s doing to stop the remanufactures/compatible
    OES:The Oem’s having a large stake in cartridge sales overall are consistent in producing cartridge that take a certain level of knowledge and material to successfully remanufature. That being said , we have heard over the past year of a single use cartridge( not prebate or non prebate). This is a cartridge that somehow would be void after its first use from the OEM.  However to date this has not happened.  I think in part the biggest hurdle to remanufacturing cartridges is having the empty to start with. The Oem’s have a active recycling/collection program although there is no compensation for this a large percentage of OEM customers choose this option.  In fact there has even been rumor that the OEM’s are strategically targeting larger accounts to ensure the empties are returned.    

    TN:how does 2010 look for the empties business ?
    EOS:2010 is billed to be a good year but as a recycler it will prove to be a ongoing battle to collect as many cartridges as possible while expanding our recycling scope.
     
    TN:how will it change for the better or the worst ?
    EOS:I think the ongoing focus with our environment and being green can only help us capitalize our ability to buy and recycle more cartridges.

    TN:what is the impact of the industry due to the current worldwide reccesion
    EOSThe recession has infact helped our business in the sense that companies and users are more conscious of the empty cartridge and its value, giving us a chance to create a recycling program or buy back the cartridge. As for the purchasing of new vs OEM I think the recession has helped re-create a level of cost consciousness that  is steering more and more consumers towards price and you cant beat the remanufacutred cartridge price comparatively.

    Thanks.
    Chris Stoddard
    President
    Environmental Office Solutions, Inc
    45 Belden Street
    East Hartford, CT 06108
    888-367-3076 Office
    860-291-1906 Fax
    cstoddard@eosusa.com
    http://www.eosusa.com
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