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Do Those Laser Toners and Ink Cartridges Get Recycled? Not In Most Cases!

March 4, 2009

The first chapter into exploring my industry and the massive impact that it has on our environment.
Gwinnett! The following is a true account of this unethical field.
Green In Gwinnett Area GIGA encourages turning in your used laser toners and/or ink cartridges to be recycled. The are many programs available.

Print Green USA, Inc. located in Suwanee, GA has a program available to consumers.

Please email: recycle@printgreenga.com for details on how to recycle your laser toners or ink cartridges.

Please comment and I will explore your questions or your industry as well.

Lexmark and THE PREBATE:

Each quarter, Lexmark releases yet another financial statement reinforcing its “supplies-driven” profitability. It is making more dollars from the sale of cartridges than the sale of printers.

And how environmentally friendly are its programs?

Lexmark’s Prebate program (now known as its environmentally friendly “return” program) gives a discount at the time of sale if the customer agrees to return the cartridge to Lexmark, or at least agrees to not give it to a remanufacturer. So, a customer has already been rewarded for buying this “environmentally friendly” product, and any incentive to recycle it is long forgotten. When the cartridge is spent, the customer may find it inconvenient to return it to Lexmark. Still wanting to do the right thing, the customer attempts to sell or give it to a remanufacturer. The cartridge’s Prebate restrictions forbid its being remanufactured, so the preferable reuse option is foreclosed. Lexmark has testified in its lawsuit with Static Control Components that it gets back 50 percent of its Prebate cartridges, and that those cartridges are then remanufactured or recycled by Lexmark.

This begs the question: Are Lexmark’s recycling partners involved in legitimate recycling?

And what about the other 50 percent of the cartridges sold by Lexmark under the Prebate program?

They are condemned to landfills, as the Prebate restrictions mandate that they cannot be remanufactured by a third party. If a remanufacturer risks legal action by remanufacturing the Prebate cartridge, it runs into the chip problem. The chip acts as the enforcement device for the Prebate restrictions. It will determine if the cartridge has been remanufactured and will shut down the printer. Aftermarket chip solutions have been developed by several aftermarket vendors, one of whom has been sued by Lexmark for their ingenuity. Think Green Gwinnett! Start small, recycle, turn off the lights, recycle your laser toners…

To add even more insurance that the cartridge will not be remanufactured, Lexmark frequently changes the firmware in the printers through “upgrades” and during routine service maintenance. The firmware acts like a virus and renders many viable aftermarket solutions worthless.

Therefore, a Lexmark customer wanting to remanufacture the (return program) cartridge is frustrated at every turn. This is a classic bate and switch scheme.

So I beg all of you in Suwanee, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Norcross, Buford, Lilburn, Snellville, or any other area of Gwinnett County, please do the right thing and recycle your used laser toners and ink cartridges.

Stay tuned for another chapter in this tail…

Green In Gwinnett Area GIGA (Keeping Gwinnett Green and Sustainable)

and sponsor Print Green USA, Inc.

PrintGreenGA.COM

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Green In Gwinnett Area GIGA Supports Earth Hour 2009!

February 22, 2009

Sign up for Earth Hour! - PARTICIPATING: James Chronicle

Earth Hour 2009 by WWF – Sign up for Earth Hour!

Green In Gwinnett Area GIGA supports the efforts of Earth Hour 2009.  We are encouraging Gwinnett residents to take part in this global effort to impact energy consumption.  Join millions around the world who will turn off their lights on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm during Earth Hour. So tell everyone around you!  Suwanee, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Duluth, Braselton, Hamilton Mill, Buford, Lilburn, Grayson, Sugar Hill, and all of Gwinnett.  Lets show our support for a green and sustainable future.  Lets be Green In Gwinnett Area.

“Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia with 2.2 million homes and businesses turning their lights off for one hour. Only a year later and this event had become a global sustainability movement with up to 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.”  – Earthhour.org

Earth Hour is a message of hope and a message of action. Everyone can make a difference.

Who owns those organic companies anyways Gwinnett?

January 26, 2009

Do you know what companies own the organic food lines that you are currently or may be consuming in the future?  Go to the link at the bottom of this article to find out.  You may be surprised!  You are probably buying one or more of these brands currently.  I would be surprised if you aren’t.

Where are the best deals for organic foods in Gwinnett?  Let us know about organic shopping in Suwanee, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Lilburn, Duluth, or whatever part of Gwinnett you are from.  Comment on this blog.

Is eating green always the sustainable way?  Look for more information soon from GIGA Green In Gwinnett Area concerning this topic and many others.

Find GIGA Green In Gwinnett Area on Facebook and Linkedin!

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Thanks

James Chronicle

Click here to see who owns these organic companies:

http://awesome.goodmagazine.com/features/009/009buyingorganic.html

LEED In Gwinnett. Hamilton Mill Library and Brandsmart USA are both aiming for LEED Cert. Who else?

January 20, 2009

Fellow Gwinnett County Residents and Business Persons,

Please respond to this blog with information on new or upcoming LEED structures for Gwinnett County.  Suwanee, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Dacula, Buford, Hamilton Mill, Lilburn, Snellville, Norcross and any other cities in Gwinnett please inform us…

We would love to keep abreast of these developments and keep our community informed.

Christmas Tree Recycling

December 31, 2008

For those of you who want to take your trees in yourself, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful is accepting them (free of lights and decorations) at the following locations:

Christmas Tree Drop-Off Locations

December 26 – January 19

Buford

Fire Station 14, 1600 Highway 23

Fire Station 24, 2735 Mall of GA Blvd.

Dacula

Fire Station 16, 195 Dacula Rd.

Fire Station 17, 2739 Brooks Rd.

Fire Station 18, 3600 Braselton Hwy.

Fire Station 27, 2825 Old Fountain Rd.

Duluth

Fire Station 5, 3001 Old Norcross Rd.

Fire Station 19, 3275 N. Berkeley Lake Rd.

Grayson

Fire Station 8, 2295 Brannan Rd.

Lawrenceville

Fire Station 9, 1900 Five Forks-Trickum Rd.

Fire Station 15, 275 S. Perry St.

Fire Station 20, 1801 Cruse Rd.

Fire Station 25, 3575 Lawrenceville Hwy.

Lilburn

Fire Station 2, 12 Harmony Grove Rd.

Fire Station 3, 4394 Five Forks-Trickum Rd.

Fire Station 22, 2180 Stone Dr.

*City Residents ONLY: 107 Railroad Ave.

Loganville

Fire Station 28, 3725 Rosebud Rd.

Norcross

Fire Station 1, 165 Lawrenceville St.

Fire Station 4, 5550 Spalding Dr.

Fire Station 11, 5885 Live Oak Pkwy.

Fire Station 23, 4355 Steve Reynolds Blvd.

Snellville

Fire Station 6, 3890 Johnson Dr.

Fire Station 12, 2815 Lenora Church Rd.

Sugar Hill

Fire Station 26, 6075 Suwanee Dam Rd.

Suwanee

Fire Station 13, 343 Buford Highway

Fire Station 21, 474 Old Peachtree Rd.