SPRING GROVE, IL--(Marketwire - Oct 31, 2012) - In one month alone, more than one million inkjet and laser printers are purchased in North America. Cartridge World, the world's largest specialty retailer of ink and toner printer cartridges, says that's good news for printer manufacturers, but bad news for landfills.
"With 350 million printer cartridges discarded in landfills annually, the environment is taking a beating," said William Swanson, Chief Executive Officer for Cartridge World North America. "Our company recycles millions of printer cartridges every year. But that's just a small part of the solution."
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that only 25 percent of old consumer electronics are recycled annually, so more than 1.7 million tons of computers, televisions and mobile devices end up in landfills.
Cartridge World is a valuable resource for local business owners. With more than 600 stores in North America, Cartridge World can provide free printer cartridge recycling, supply local recycling information, and offer recycling for small electronic devices.
The need to recycle office supplies is great. Nearly every business uses inkjet or laser office printers. More than 10 million new printers are sold annually, and the machines use dozens of printer cartridges. The printers sold in 2012 can easily use 80 million cartridges per year.
"The challenge is to think about recycling all year long," Swanson added. "Cartridge World stores recycle more than 4.5 million printer cartridges annually. Plus, our store owners are very involved in the recycling community and can provide local resource information."
America Recycles Day (Nov. 15) is an opportunity to dispose of old office equipment and supplies. Cartridge World will gladly recycle printer cartridges, cell phones and small electronic equipment (ask stores for details).
In the United States, businesses can find state and local regulations and resources for recycling larger electronics -- computers, laptops, fax machines -- at www.recyclingcentral.com. The EPA urges businesses to take larger equipment to recycling centers. They recover more than 100 million pounds of materials from electronics each year. In Canada, customers can visit www.earth911.com to find recycling programs. More than 1,000 municipalities offer computer and electronics collections as part of household waste collection programs. Learn more about local recyclers and collection events at EIA Environment - Consumer Education Initiative.
In addition to providing free recycling, Cartridge World stores help local businesses save 30-40 percent on their office printing expenses. Cartridge World sells remanufactured printer cartridges for all major brands of office printers -- backed with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.
Businesses should contact their local Cartridge World store for information about initiating a recycling program for their office and/or office buildings. Cartridge World also offers recycling/fundraising programs for local schools and non-profit organizations.
With more than 1,600 stores across the globe, Cartridge World is the world's largest specialty retailer of ink and toner printer cartridges. To learn how much your businesses can save on office printing costs, use Cartridge World's online savings calculator. For more information about Cartridge World's eco-friendly products ink and toner products, visit www.CartridgeWorld.com.
Cartridge World is the leading ink and toner refilling retailer and franchisor in the $80 billion printer cartridge industry. Cartridge World stores offer customers a tremendous cost-saving alternative to buying new printer cartridges, offering a 30-40 percent discount over full-priced OEM cartridges. Cartridge World offers a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee. The company refills and remanufactures printer cartridges, using state-of-the-art processes and high quality inks and toners. Voted No.1 in the category by Entrepreneur Magazine, Cartridge World has more than 1,600 franchised retail locations in 50 countries. For more information about Cartridge World products or franchising opportunities, call (815) 321-4015 or visit http://www.CartridgeWorld.com.