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 11:21:26 am Views: 45
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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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