The Recycle-2-Save cartridge recycling program can lower printing cost significantly, so small business owners can do more with less.
As most small business owners will tell you, in a rough economy, it’s all about stretching a dollar. And in-house printing costs, a top-line item for many businesses, can eat up available funds quickly. But the recently launched Recycle-2-Save program for printer cartridge recycling can put some ease back into strained budgets.
Recycle-2-Save, a partnership program between Waste Management and Cartridge World, allows businesses to recycle used cartridges for free while also offering “remanufactured” printer cartridges to businesses at a reduced price. Remanufactured cartridges typically cost 20 to 40% less than cartridges made of virgin materials, adding up to a savings of nearly $1000 per year for some businesses.
“Printer costs have sky-rocketed,” says Melissa Land, CFO of Snappy Ads, a boutique marketing and graphics agency in Houston, Texas. “I’m always on the lookout for a way to cut my in-house printing costs. Plus, I like the environmental angle. I think it’s important that we each do our part for a greener planet. Recycle-2-Save is a no-brainer.”
The program is administered by WM LampTracker, a subsidiary that already leads the way in the collection and recycling of items like batteries and aerosol spray cans.
Estimates are that as many as 350 million cartridges are discarded into landfills each year. The program hopes to reduce that number by effective remanufacturing.
Any cartridges that are unfit for reuse will be shredded and recycled.
“This is a win-win for customers that choose to take advantage of this program,” said Matt Coz, vice president of Waste Management’s Product Recovery Group. “Not only can customers recycle their used ink and toner cartridges in an environmentally responsible way for free, they can also buy the replacement supplies for their business’s needs at a substantial discount over new non-recycled cartridges.”
The Recycle-2-Save program offers a money-saving solution for small business owners who are increasingly concerned about the rising costs of printer cartridges.