18 July 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Reset on “reduce, reuse, recycle”

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You hear a lot of talk today about going green.  It’s everywhere.  “Recycle your paper and plastic!  Save energy with energy efficient products!  Go paperless on all of your bills!”   There are hundreds of ways we can save the environment and reduce waste.  “REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE,” are the words we see so often driving us to be better stewards of the resources we are so blessed with.

I’ve been in the laser printer business for the last 20 years. I have always been conscious about the need to be responsible for our environment.  Consequently, an aspect of our business that I’ve always been proud of is the fact that the products we provide and the services we offer can play an important part of being good stewards.  From remanufactured toner cartridges and inkjet cartridges to laser printer repair, we have kept tons of e-waste out of landfills over the years.

However, in spite my familiarity with the words, “REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE,” I have never given much thought to the significance inherent in the order of those terms themselves. But, when you think about it, the order of those words clearly maps a priority system for environmental responsibility.

First, REDUCE waste wherever possible.  This is the best option for environmental stewardship. For instance, look at the many reports or faxes that are printed unnecessarily in your office. What opportunities are right in front of you for reducing the volume of needlessly printed pages?  Clearly, eliminating excess saves both the environment and your money.

Secondly, when you have eliminated waste, you can find ways to REUSE items that, in the past, you may have just thrown away; only to pay the sky-high price for a new one.  Turning incorrectly printed documents into scratch pads would be one way to reuse paper, for example.

And, finally, RECYCLE as much as you can.  We all know recycling phone books, cardboard and even shredded paper is environmentally responsible. However, while recycling is good, it is not as effective as reuse in saving the environment because of the energy used in the recycling process.

So how does my company fit into this whole process?  Well, obviously, for the most part reducing is up to you, although there are ways that we may be able to help.  For the most part though, we fall into the second level of the process.  We sell toner and ink cartridges that have been remanufactured using as many parts of previously used cartridges that we can while still maintaining our commitment to producing a cartridge that meets or exceeds OEM standards.  The same holds true for many of the parts that we use to repair laser printers.  By using these parts, we eat up fewer resources, AND save our customers money.  What can’t be reused is recycled, saving it from the landfills.

Now, one last thing you might keep in mind is that the original manufacturers, as a rule, mostly fall into that third category.  Most of the cartridges that they receive back are, at best, recycled, costing energy to process.  While this is better than throwing it in a landfill, it’s not as good as reusing it.  So, whether you use compatible cartridges or prefer OEM, the environment would be better served if you allowed a compatible manufacturer to reuse the spent cartridges from your business.

Give us a call today to find out how you can play a bigger role in “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”!

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