2006-04-26 / Features

Cartridge World Helps Protect Environment

id you know that a printer cartridge thrown into a landfill can take up to 450 years to decompose? As part of Earth Day 2006 Dobservances-and all year round-consumers are reaching towards more environmentally friendly purchases. Cartridge World, the world's fastest growing inkrefiller retailer, helps consumers and businesses make eco-friendly choices that are not just better for the environment.

With more than 750 locations across the United States, Cartridge World allows customers to drop off their cartridges and have them refilled while they wait. Small to medium sized businesses can also help protect the environment and save money by participating in the Business Direct program, which allows businesses to set up accounts with Cartridge World. The local franchise location then picks up the empty laser cartridges; refills them and delivers them back to the business (with no pick up/delivery charge to qualified businesses).

Many businesses have recycling programs for cans, bottles and papers, but few realize the additional impact they can make by reusing and refilling printer ink cartridges.

"Reusing ink cartridges is simple, easy, safe and better for the environment," Burt Yarkin, Cartridge World North America chief executive officer, said. "More than 300 million cartridges end up in landfills every year; that's almost eight cartridges thrown away in the United States every second. Unfortunately the problem isn't getting better, either. The number of cartridges in landfills increases by 12 percent each year."

Lyra Research has found some interesting facts about ink and toner cartridges:

+ 48 percent of people throw ink cartridges into the trash.

+ In 2001, remanufacturers saved 166.2 million ink and toner cartridges from landfills. However, 695 million other cartridges did end up in landfills.

+ The average toner cartridge weighs 31/2 to 4 pounds, which means that the total weight of cartridges thrown away each year is equivalent to 67,612 Ford Explorers or 112,463 Volkswagen Beetles.

+ The plastic in each toner cartridge takes three and a half quarts of oil to produce, and each new inkjet cartridge requires two and a half ounces of oil.

+ Half a gallon of oil is conserved for each laser cartridge that is returned for remanufacturing, industry sources say. Therefore, in only 12 months, cartridge refilling could save more than 4.3 million liters of oil.

Individuals and businesses both can reduce the use of oil by recycling printer cartridges. "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" is a hierarchy of words. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that remanufactured and reused products are far more beneficial to recycled products, with specific mention of toner cartridges. Unlike big manufacturers, Cartridge World addresses environmental issues by showcasing its ability to refill inkjet cartridges an average of three to eight times and remanufacture laser cartridges infinitely, all without sacrificing quality. In fact, Lyra Research also found that 77 percent of users ranked remanufactured cartridges as better than or equivalent to ones filled with name-brand ink.

Cartridge World estimates that it will keep nine million cartridges out of landfills this year alone. To help raise this number, call (866) 99-REFILL or visit www.cartridgeworldusa. com today to find a convenient Cartridge World location.

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