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Re: Recycling Printer Cartridges

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From: Robert Gifford (
Date: Mon Nov 17 1997 - 13:24:03 CST

This message forwarded on behalf of Donna Peterson of MnTAP

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From: Donna Peterson <>
Subject: Re: Recycling Printer Cartridges
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 97 11:03:00 PST

It just so happens I've been checking this out a little more for a couple
of inquiries received recently.

It seems many businesses providing and serving office equipment are also
refilling, remanufacturing laser toner cartridges. Some do it as part of
the "service" contract on specific units. Some make it easy to get in the
loop by providing a mailing label and packing material to easily return the
empty cartridge and receive a recycled cartridge.

One other thing I learned is that when a new line of printer is
manufactured, the manufacturer is reluctant for refilling, remfg to happen
immediately as they want to make sure all the kinks are out by servicing
the printers with "new" cartridges until they have a good comfort level
coming out of the test phase. At that point, they are willing to look at
refillable, reusable cartridges.

All the info I gathered was relevant to plain printers but not colored
printers. Much may fit for plain paper fax machines as I learned for our

Donna Peterson, Senior Scientist
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
1313 5th St. SE Room 207
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Phone No. 612-627-1910
FAX NO. 612-627-4769


From: printech-owner
To: printech
Subject: Recycling Printer Cartridges
Date: Tuesday, November 11, 1997 2:50PM

I am forwarding a string of messages from the P2Tech listserv re.
recycling of printer cartridges. Anyone on Printech have anything to



The above-mentioned International Cartridge Recycling Association can
be contacted at (800) 716-4272.

Jancie Hatcher
GA Pollution Prevention Asst. Div.
(404) 651-5120

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I have heard of a company called Laser Re-Nu that recycles and
renovates used printer cartridges.

Here is the contact information:
Laser Re-Nu
Broadway Commerce Center
4001 East Broadway, Suite 7
Phoenix, AZ 85040
602/437-8000 (phone)
602/437-4033 (fax

Julie S. Pike
Project Director
National Association of State Development Agencies
750 First Street, NE Suite 710
Washington, DC 20002
(ph) 202/898-1302 (fax) 202/898-1312

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I know there is a trade association known as the International
Cartridge Recycling Assoc. (believe it or not!) and have had
discussions with one of their members in our area Laser Technologies
PO Box 190 118 Summit Drive, Exton, PA 19341 Can Contact Richard
Cordes, Account Executive at 610-524-0100

This is not an endorsement, (and other standard legal disclaimers) If you
reach an interesting outcome as a result of this info, please let me know.
Good luck

Suzanne Simoni
555 North Lane
Conshohocken, PA 19428

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I'm doing some background research for a local voluntary P2 program.
One of the businesses in the program produces computer-related
printing equipment such as toner and printing cartridges. I'm trying
to find out what other businesses in this industry have been doing
with regard to P2. I'm interested in both technical process
improvements as well as overall programmatic efforts.

Does anyone have experience with companies in this industry?

Judy Dorsey

Environmental Consulting in
Pollution Prevention & Conservation
2138 Sunstone Dr.
Ft. Collins, CO 80525
phone: (970)207-0058
fax: (970)207-0059

Wayne P. Pferdehirt, P.E., AICP
U. of Wis., Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center
610 Langdon Street, Room 529, Madison, WI 53703-1195
Phone: 608/265-2361 Fax: 608/262-6250

Robert Gifford
Univ. of Wisconsin - Extension
Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center
610 Langdon St., rm 531
Madison WI, 53703
Voice: 608-262-1083 Fax: 608-262-6250

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