Revised: Help Save the Environment One Refilled Ink Cartridge at a Time

Cartridge World Helps Consumers and Businesses Protect the Environment

Apr 10, 2006, 01:00 ET from Cartridge World

    EMERYVILLE, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Did you know that a
 printer cartridge thrown into a landfill can take up to 450 years to
 decompose? Earth Day is approaching and consumers are reaching towards more
 environmentally- friendly purchases. Cartridge World, the world's fastest
 growing ink-refiller retailer, helps consumers and businesses make
 eco-friendly choices year round that are not only better for the
 environment, but also saves them up to 50 percent.
     With more than 375 locations across the United States, Cartridge World
 allows customers to drop off their cartridge and have it 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; they refill
 the cartridges and deliver 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. This is because not only do they have
 more printers than consumer households, but they also print in greater
     "Reusing ink and laser cartridges is simple, easy to use, safe, and
 better for the environment," said Burt Yarkin, CEO of Cartridge World North
 America. "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."
     Industry research has found some interesting facts about ink and toner
      -- 48 percent of people throw their ink cartridges into the trash.
      -- In 2001, remanufacturers saved 166.2 million ink and toner cartridges
         from landfills.  However, there were 695 million other cartridges that
         did end up in landfills.
      -- The average toner cartridge weighs 3-1/2 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 cartridges 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.
     Everyone remembers being taught to "reduce, reuse, and recycle," but
 they don't always realize that this is a hierarchy of words. The
 Environmental Protection Agency states that remanufactured and reused
 products are far more beneficial to recycled products with specific mention
 of toner cartridges.
     Different from the efforts of 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, research
 also found that 77 percent of users ranked remanufactured cartridges as
 better than or equivalent to ones by name-brand ink.
     Cartridge World estimates that it will keep nine million cartridges out
 of landfills this year. To help raise this number, call (888) 99-REFILL or
 visit today.
     About Cartridge World
     Cartridge World, founded in Australia in 1997, is the world's fastest
 growing ink refilling retailer in the $60 billion printer cartridge
 industry. The company refills empty ink cartridges for inkjet printers,
 laser printers, fax machines and photocopiers with top quality,
 brand-specific ink and toners; at the same time offers consumers and
 businesses up to a 50 percent savings, a money back service guarantee and
 helps the environment by keeping used cartridges out of landfills. Voted #1
 in the category of toner replacement services by Entrepreneur Magazine
 Franchise 500, Cartridge World has more than 1,100 franchised retail
 locations in 27 countries. Emeryville, CA-based Cartridge World North
 America was founded in 2003. There are currently more than 375 locations
 open in the United States with 500 locations expected by summer of 2006.
 For more information, call (888) 99-REFILL or visit .

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