Samsung, HP May Use Printer Ink Refills
Samsung Electronics Co. and HP Korea, the two dominant players in Korea’s computer printer industry, are considering plans to use refilled printer cartridges to meet growing calls for better recycling, the Korea Herald reported an industry source as saying in July.
Toner or ink cartridges, filled with toxic chemicals but rarely disposed of properly, are a core part of printers, accounting for up to 50 percent of the retail price, the newspaper reported. The cartridges are a key source of continuing revenue for printer manufacturers, who persuade customers to buy new cartridges rather than cheaper, refurbished ones from smaller remanufacturers.
For years, environmentalists and consumer groups here have called for the printer makers to officially allow the use of rebuilt cartridges for the benefit of both customers and the environment. A Samsung Electronics official said the company is reviewing whether to use recharged cartridges after being recently criticized by a group of environmentalists in Seoul, the Herald reported.