We’re all keen to do our bit for the environment and reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill but sometimes we’re not aware of the options available. Did you know, for example, how easy Epson has made it to recycle your consumer inkjet cartridges? If you live near an Epson Express Centre
then simply drop your used cartridges into the collection box in store. If that option does not suit you then visit the Epson
website and click on the option to register for the postal inkjet cartridge collection service. You’ll receive 4 freepost envelopes through the post in which you can return used cartridges. Or even easier still; visit the Epson at Focus and collect your envelopes!
If you’re a business using Epson’s large format printers, there’s a scheme for you too. You can register at on the Epson
website for a free collection box which will hold between 30 and 40 cartridges. When the box is full, you simply log on and organise a free-of-charge collection.
So what happens to the cartridges Epson collects? All of the cartridges collected through the scheme are recycled: their plastic components are re-used in manufacturing and construction as raw materials, while metal parts are smelted and re-used in other industrial applications.
Epson doesn’t just think about recycling used cartridges. When Epson designs any new product it tries to minimise the impact this product has on the environment during its lifecycle. This means that Epson does not only focus on one stage of the lifecycle but takes into consideration all stages including material sourcing, manufacturing, use, transportation and disposal.
For example Epson’s large format printer cartridges packaging is made from 100% recycled paper and the packaging has been standardised across the globe – there used to be 154 different boxes and now there are just three. Epson’s projector and printer boxes are made from at least 80% recycled materials and we have reduced the amount of plastic used in the packaging for our home delivery business by using recycled paper instead.