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New Rockville Store Refills Empty Printer and Fax Cartridges

Guest David Sutton

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Guest David Sutton

What did you do the last time your printer ran out of ink or toner? If you are like 80 percent of all Americans, you threw your empty printer cartridge in the trash and promptly opened a new one. But even if you tried to be environmentally responsible—by sending the cartridge back to the manufacturer—you’re spending more energy, and money, than is necessary.


Cartridge World is a storefront company that refills, reloads and re-manufacturers empty ink and toner cartridges for 95 percent of all inkjet printers, laser printers, fax machines and photocopiers on the market. Cartridge World wants to inform Rockville-area individuals and businesses about the positive impact refilling cartridges has on the environment.


Each second, almost eight printer cartridges are thrown away in the United States. Some of these cartridges require nearly one gallon of oil to produce. A cartridge can take 450 years to decompose.


Recycling cartridges through the manufacturer, or someone related to the manufacturer—while commonly viewed as the preferred environmental

alternative—can still require 85 percent of the original energy needed to produce a new cartridge.


“Recycling printer cartridges is much more energy-intensive than reusing them,” said Brian Brandenburg, owner of the Rockville Cartridge World. “Melting down the plastic and metal requires tremendous heat and associated energy and also produces waste product. Reusing the same cartridge, instead of recycling, conserves that energy and keeps waste from filling up landfills.”


Most planet-friendly alternatives require consumers to spend extra money. But Cartridge World estimates its customers save 40 to 50 percent off the price of a new printer cartridge. In addition, Cartridge World provides customers with a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee regarding the quality of its ink refills (properly matched ink, proper refill technique, full vacuum to ensure full cartridges and no air bubbles to interrupt print).

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