*NEWS*AN INK-LING OF A RECYLCING IDEA

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*NEWS*AN INK-LING OF A RECYLCING IDEA

 user 2006-03-09 at 12:44:00 pm Views: 80
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    A Better Way to Print
    An inkling of a recycling idea
    Is it economical and environmentally friendly for me to recycle my empty inkjet printer cartridges instead of buying new ones?
    Analysts
    estimate that more than 300 million inkjet printer cartridges find
    their way into American landfills every year. Each of those new
    cartridges requires about three quarts of oil and other raw materials
    to produce and also contributes its fair share of greenhouse gases
    during manufacturing. As anyone who has ever bought one knows, they
    come packaged in such excessive amounts of cardboard and plastic that
    it often takes several minutes and a pair of strong scissors to break
    through to even get to the ink cartridge.
    Thus any effort to reuse
    or recycle these items is a big win for the environment. Given the
    exorbitant prices of new inkjet cartridges – the real profit center for
    printer manufacturers – it makes economic sense, too.
    The good news
    is that Americans are already recycling more than 40,000 tons of inkjet
    cartridges each year. Hundreds of companies out there are eager to pay
    for your used cartridges so they can re-ink them and resell them at
    prices much lower than for new ones.
    We Buy Empties,
    InkjetCartridge.com and the eCycle Group, among others, take back major
    brand inkjet printer cartridges and pay for the privilege, even
    reimbursing shipping costs. These companies usually only accept large
    quantities (like 100 or more), paying between 10 cents and $5 each,
    depending on the cartridge type. Meanwhile, Staples, Office Depot and
    Office Max each give customers about $3 in store credit, or in some
    cases a ream of office paper, for each empty cartridge returned.
    Meanwhile,
    most of the major inkjet printer manufacturers – including
    Hewlett-Packard, Epson, Canon and Lexmark – will gladly take back empty
    cartridges shipped directly to them in their original boxes.
    Hewlett-Packard even puts pre-paid return shipping labels inside their
    boxes to facilitate customer recycling of their used inkjet cartridges.
    Several
    such companies offer special buy-back rates for schools, churches and
    other non-profits, which can solicit and collect used cartridges from
    members and businesses to raise money. Interested organizations can
    contact companies like iRethink and Funding Factory, which both have
    special programs to facilitate collection and reimbursement for spent
    inkjet cartridges.
    Those who don’t mind getting their hands a little
    messy can re-ink their empty cartridges themselves. Squeeze bottle ink
    refills are the most cost effective and environmentally friendly way to
    keep on printing. Inkjetman, which sells its own refilled inkjet
    cartridges, also sells inkjet refill kits, which will last thousands of
    pages, for about the price of a single new cartridge. FillJet sells
    similar kits and estimates the cost of a refilled cartridge to be about
    $2 in ink, which represents a savings of at least 80 percent over
    buying refilled recycled cartridges from them.
    For more information:
    • iRethink: http://www.irethink.com.
    • Funding Factory: http://www.fundingfactory.com.
    • We Buy Empties: http://www.webuyempties.com.
    • InkjetCartridge.com: http://www.inkjetcartridge.com
    • The eCycle Group: http://www.ecyclegroup.com
    • Inkjetman: http://www.inkjetman.com
    • FillJet: http://www.inkjetrefilloutlet.com