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Going green? Cartridge World can help

This machine determines if used cartridges are electronically sound when customers bring them in. If the cartridge is good, customers receive a better price if they are buying a similar kind because it can be restored and resold. If it is not, Cartridge World will recycle it. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl1 / 2
Cartridge World is ready to serve your ink and toner needs. From left are general manager John Hintz and sales technicians, Brian Culbertson and Sherri Wilterdink. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl2 / 2

Cartridge World opened its doors and drive-up window on Feb. 8 at 1015 Pearson Drive, in the small strip mall by Starbucks. The franchise, founded in Australia, now has over 1,700 shops worldwide. After making its debut in the United States in 2002, there are now over 650 stores here.

"It is really a green product," said general manager John Hintz, who oversees the Hudson and Eau Claire stores. "The carbon footprint is very, very good. It takes one gallon of oil to make a cartridge and it would take 450 years for one to degrade in a landfill, so using them over makes sense. This is one of the few things that helps save the environment but costs less."

Cartridge World does more than just refill ink or toner cartridge. Using a special electronic scanner, every dropped-off cartridge is tested. If the cartridge is electronically sound it goes through a three stage cleaning process, using zero water, in a contaminant-free environment. During this process the 300 firing nozzles -- each is only 4 microns wide -- are cleaned. Once the cartridge is restored it is refilled, resealed, labeled and goes into stock. The inks are water-based and meet or exceed the original equipment manufacturer's specifications. Using a refilled cartridge cannot, by law, void a printer's warranty.

If the cartridge does not pass the electronic test, the cartridge goes no further. It is sent to recycling.

Cartridge World is a member of the Environmental Protection Agency Waste Wise program.

"We offer restored cartridges for most major brands including HP, Canon, Lexmar and Brother," said Hintz. "Overall the savings can be up to 20 percent or more."

The store offers a drive-up window for convenience and sells a wide selection of new cartridges as well.

Cartridge World also offers a service called Business Direct which includes business to business service, one for one exchange, online ordering and next day delivery. Contact Jeremy Hintz or Tim Clickner to set up a business account by calling the store.

Non-profit organizations interested in some of the recycling programs available may contact Samantha Martin at (715) 381-6000.

Cartridge World is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sunday. Call (715) 381-5000 or go to