Remanufacturer of printer consumables Royce Imaging Industries reports that producing remanufactured printer cartridges saves 2,5 kg of carbon dioxide emissions for each unit, which is emitted when manufacturing new printer cartridges.
The company, which is currently producing about 11 000 remanufactured printer cartridges a month, states that the monochrome toners are certified by the International Imaging Technology Council.
Royce Imaging sales manager Natalie Oliver says that the use of one remanufactured printer cartridge, as opposed to a new cartridge, saves 1,1 kg of plastic and 3 ℓ of crude oil from going to landfill.
Royce Imaging MD Greg Mounsear-Wilson explains that the environmental benefits of remanufacturing cartridges essentially involve saving the plastic and oils involved in producing the cartridges.
“The biggest challenge in South Africa is the inability of companies to recycle the plastic components of printer cartridges. Royce Imaging prevents the plastic cartridges from going to landfill immediately and, because a cartridge can only be remanufactured so many times before it has to be disposed of, the final disposal is still a cause for concern,” he explains.
Oliver says that 70-million cartidges are used in South Africa every year and 75% of empties end up in overtaxed landfills.
Other benefits of remanufacturing printer cartridges include the recycling of unusable steel and aluminium parts. The company recycles 8 500 kg/y of aluminium and 4 500 kg/y of steel components, says Mounsear-Wilson.
Black-owned information and communication technology company Pitney Bowes Batsumi Enterprise MD Thokozani Gumede says that the company has experienced an increase in demand for printer cartridges and believes that it is important to find a cost-effective solution for its customers.
She is currently trying to pursuade government, as a client, to adopt the use of remanufactured printer cartridges to save money and increase the employment rate in South Africa.
“This would promote the use of local companies, instead of buying cartridges from overseas manufacturers,” says Gumede.
Remanufactured cartridges have the same performance of original-equipment manufacturer cartridges and reduce printing costs by up to 40%, she adds.
Pitney Bowes Batsumi Enter-prise is 49%-owned by Pitney Bowes South Africa, a 100%-subsidiary of US-based mailstream solutions company Pitney Bowes.
Royce Imaging’s cartridge waste is disposed of by waste management company Phambili Wasteman, which is part of the Wasteman group.
Waste is taken from Royce Imaging to a high-hazard landfill site, namely Holfontein, which is on the border of Springs, in Gauteng, and Mpumalanga. The waste is received at the weighbridge, a sample is taken and the truck is weighed in.
A sample is taken to confirm that the initial sample taken for quoting purposes matches the actual waste stream coming into the landfill site.
“The waste stream is tipped out onto the workface, or trench, that is being used on the day. The waste is then ash-blended at a 1:1 ratio to stablise Ph and metals, and crushed using a 32-t compaction vehicle and buried immediately under supervision. This is termed a safe disposal,” explains Royce Imaging.