CW Recycles 4 Million Cartridges Annually

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

“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, TVs and mobile devices end up in landfills.

Cartridge World stores are a valuable resource for local business owners. With more than 600 stores in North America, Cartridge World provides free printer cartridge recycling, can supply local recycling information, and most 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. Alone, the printers sold in 2012 can easily use 80 million cartridges per year.

“The challenge is to think about recycling all year long,” says Swanson. “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 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 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 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 stores sell remanufactured printer cartridges for all major brands of office printers – backed with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.

Contact your local Cartridge World store for information about initiating a recycling program for your office and/or office buildings. Cartridge World also offers recycling/fundraising programs for local schools and non-profit organizations.