Printers and Profits Proliferating
According to Lyra Research, in 2002 almost one billion
toner and inkjet cartridges were shipped worldwide which
resulted in total cartridge sales worth almost $20
billion. Since 1997, the number of monochrome printers
models in the top 75 percent of the U.S. installed
printer base has grown
114 percent, from 35 in 1997 to 75 in 2003. These
figures parallel both the growth of the remanufactured
ink and toner cartridge industry and the expansion of
diverse production required to meet cartridge
UKCRA Discusses WEEE
Implementation with UK Agencies
Members of the United Kingdom Cartridge
Remanufacturers Association (UKCRA) recently met with
representatives from two government agencies to discuss
why consumables should be included when the Waste
Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is
implemented in the United Kingdom.
UKCRA members were joined by European Toner and Inkjet
Remanufacturing Association (ETIRA) representatives when
they met with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
and the Department of the Environment (DEFRA) as part of
the discussion period leading up to the August 2004
implementation deadline. For further information go to
Washington State Introduces
Electronic Waste Bill
A bill recently introduced in Washington state could
lead to a key piece of legislation to address the
growing problem of electronic waste. Washington state's
House Bill 1942, titled "Regulating Electronic Waste,"
includes many features similar to early versions of the
European Union's recently passed Waste Electronic and
Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Directive.
The current version of the bill provides for producers
of electronic waste to plan and be responsible for the
waste's end-of-life disposal. The bill encourages
"environmentally friendly" products, including those
"that contain recycled or remanufactured parts, that are
designed for easy disassembly and recycling, that are
easy to upgrade or reuse, and that are designed for a
For more information on the bill, visit the Washington
Citizens for Resource Conservation or the Washington
State Legislature site.
Cartridge Chicanery in the UK
A recent string of break-ins has left British
cartridge brokers, dealers and remanufacturers short of
stock, as tens of thousands of empty cartridges haven
been stolen in recent months. Remanufacturers around the
world need to be on alert to protect their stocks and
know their sources of empty cartridges.
"There seems to be a number of related burglaries,"
said Police Constable Neil Crux.
"They have been breaking into warehouses, and are
stealing a few thousand empty cartridges at a time."
"(The thieves) know exactly what they're doing," David
Connett, publisher of The Recycler, said. They know
which cartridges are the most valuable, and in one large
remanufacturer's building, "They knew exactly where to
go, which windows to break and which doors to force."
There's been no report of any ink or toner theft.