April 24, 2009, Newsletter Issue #163: How One Company Is Recycling With Remanufactured Cartridges

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Remanufactured cartridges are becoming big business. Stores everywhere are starting to pop up to refill the ink cartridges of consumers at a reduced price. One shop, Rapid Refill Ink in Minnesota, is not only refilling ink cartridges, but getting in on the act of helping to recycle and educate the public about recycling ink cartridges.

Estimates peg the percentage of recyclable cartridges to be 90 percent. However, only 20 percent of all cartridges get recycled. Rapid Refill encourages their customers to bring in their empty cartridges and place recycling bins throughout schools and churches. The organizations then receive payment for their empty cartridges.

Rapid Refill doesn’t just fill up ink, but goes through a 24-hour process of creating remanufactured cartridges. They first soak the cartridges to loosen the dry ink particles. Then they flush out the cartridges and send them through a spinning process. A filling machine puts ink in the cartridges to create the final remanufactured cartridges for sale.

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