Have You Gotten Recharged Lately?
Computer printers, like computers, are here to stay. The millions of printers in use also generate
millions of spent toner.
But now there’s an alternative to throwing out spent cartridges: recharging them with
new toner. Manufacturers can rebuild toner cartridges with new drums and other essential parts after users run a specified
number of copies. Purchasing these remanufactured cartridges saves money and is good for the environment.
Remanufactured Cartridges Save You Money
Purchasing remanufactured cartridges will generally cost you less
than purchasing new “virgin” cartridges. These savings add up over time, but you can save money
sooner by purchasing in large quantities. A study done by Rutgers University found:
· Commonwealth of Massachusetts
saved more than $282,000 by purchasing more than 10,800 remanufactured toner cartridges and diverting more than 13 tons of
material from landfill disposal in 2000. This is a savings of approximately 30% over the cost of new toner cartridges.
· King County, Washington saved
$300,000 by purchasing 4,765 remanufactured cartridges in 2001. The cartridges cost about one-third of
· Veterans Regional Office
– saved over 45% by purchasing remanufactured cartridges. The office purchased 138 remanufactured
cartridges and saved about $20,000.
· Jenkins Athens Insurance- saved approximately $3500 by purchasing 156
remanufactured toner cartridges. This was a savings of over 17% compared to the cost of some new cartridges.
· Oakland Unified School District-
saved over $2700 by purchasing 178 remanufactured cartridges. This was a savings of approximately 33%.
The quality of remanufactured and/or recharged laser printer, copier, fax and all-in-one
machine cartridges has improved dramatically since these products were first introduced. The toner cartridge
remanufacturing industry has made many improvements in their products. Today, a quality remanufactured cartridge will meet
or exceed Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) standards. Moving away from the original “drill and
fill” method, the current remanufacturing process now requires that the cartridges be disassembled and inspected to
determine any problem areas. Worn components are replaced with new parts, all sections are properly cleaned, and a fresh supply
of toner is added before the cartridge is reassembled and tested.
Purchasers should also be
aware that using remanufactured products will not affect the laser printers warranty. For example, the
industry warranty for Hewlett Packard reads:
“For HP printer products, the use of a non-HP toner cartridge
or a refilled toner cartridge does not affect either the warranty to the customer or any HP support with the customer.”
Every year more than 300 million plastic printer cartridges
end up dumped in landfills in the United States and around the world - almost eight cartridges are thrown away in the United
States every second, industry sources say. While we can never completely stop the cycle of cartridges entering the waste stream,
we can at least stem the flow. According to Lyra Research, in 2002 almost one billion toner and ink jet cartridges will be
shipped worldwide, and only 13 percent of those will be third party cartridges, many of which are remanufactured. Remanufacturing
matters. Every cartridge that we remanufacture is one fewer going directly to the landfill. For every remanufactured cartridge
purchased, it’s one less new cartridge that needs to be produced, saving it from entering the waste stream and from
draining the planet’s natural resources.
Money and Get Quality
Of course, many companies want to be environmentally
sensitive, but the main reason companies use remanufactured cartridges is to save money. Most remanufactured cartridges are
40 to 60 percent cheaper than the original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) cartridges, with comparable quality and reliability.
In fact, many remanufactured cartridges last longer, as they often have up to 20 percent more toner than OEM cartridges. In
short printer cartridges don’t need to be expensive. Plus, many remanufacturers are small businesses, employing
workers from the local communities. There are more than 500,000 people employed by remanufacturers in the
United States employing workers from the local communities.
The List of End Users of Compatible Toner Cartridges goes on and
on. You’ll find them in State and Municipal offices, Banks, Financial Service Companies, the Courts, Law firms, Medical
and Dental offices, Non-Profit Agencies, Aerospace Companies, NASA, Home Builders, Defense Contractors, Insurance Companies,
Publishing Houses, Accounting Firms, Employment firms, Colleges, Hospitals, Real Estate Companies, Chemical Manufacturers,
Consultants, Cardiac Diagnostic Equipment, Carpet Mills, Automotive Supply Centers, Houses of Worship, Mortgage Brokers, Graphic
Arts Companies, Advertising Agencies, Co-op Associations, Law enforcement Agencies , Building Maintenance Suppliers, Title
Companies, Billing Services, Transcription Services, High Schools, Grammar Schools, Grocery Suppliers, Shoe Stores, Contractors,
Food Service Vendors, Labor Unions, Computer Consultants, Software Manufacturers, Home Inspectors, Jewelers, Emergency Services,
Libraries, Mail Order Service Companies, Fire Safety Equipment Suppliers, Architects, Engineering Firms, Importers, Restaurant
Chains, Rental Companies, Hotels, Motels and Packaging Companies among many, many others