Envirosmart and Sam’s Club team up to encourage
According to EnviroSmart, nearly
eight ink and toner cartridges are thrown away every second in
the United States, or about 86% of the total cartridges sold in
the country yearly. However, it is estimated that a spent ink
cartridge can be reused roughly up to seven times. All of this
adds up to a lot of space going to waste in landfills; almost
875 million pounds of waste.
In an effort to reduce these
numbers, EnviroSmart has partnered with Sam’s Club to encourage
consumers to recycle their spent laser and inkjet cartridges.
EnviroSmart has set up kiosks in select Sam’s Clubs that
will collect shoppers’ cartridges, or if the shopper forgets
to bring them in, the kiosks will provide postage paid envelopes
for people to send their cartridges in by mail.
The EnviroSmart kiosks will also
collect peoples’ old cell phones. These are sent to ReCellular
to be refurbished and reused. Established in 1991, ReCellular
is one of the largest buyers, sellers, and recyclers of handheld
technology, and is based in Dexter, Michigan.
The ink and laser toner cartridges
that EnviroSmart collect are refurbished and sold as remanufactured
for less than new cartridges. Currently, however, of the 1.2 billion
cartridges that will be sold in the United States this year, only
about 100 million will be remanufactured. EnviroSmart hopes that
the Sam’s Club kiosks will help boost this number significantly.
Currently there are eleven participating
Sam’s Club locations in Alabama, Arkansas, California, and