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US remanufacturer announces new collection programme

June 1, 2015

YEI!’s Executive Director Brad Newman (centre) assists YEI! employees Brock Wright (left) and Sky Casley (right) process used toner cartridges at YEI!’s Prescott Valley warehouse for QCOffice’s new toner cartridge recycling programme. (Credit: Max Efrein/The Daily Courier)

YEI!’s Executive Director Brad Newman (centre) assists YEI! employees Brock Wright (left) and Sky Casley (right) process used toner cartridges at YEI!’s Prescott Valley warehouse for QCOffice’s new toner cartridge recycling programme. (Credit: Max Efrein/The Daily Courier)

QCOffice, which employs disabled workers, has partnered with another disability-focused employer to collect toner cartridges for remanufacturing.

Daily Courier reported on QCOffice’s new arrangement with Yavapai Exceptional Industries (YEI!), which is known in Arizona as “the primary employer of people with disabilities”. QCOffice is the office product supply and distribution subsidiary of Quality Connections, which is a not-for-profit organisation focused on helping disabled people get employment, and was awarded a state supply contract for remanufactured cartridges in December last year.

The new arrangement between the two companies will see YEI! employees collect used toner cartridges from government facilities “every first week of the month” in the town of Prescott Valley, which will then be sent to fellow remanufacturer LMI Solutions for remanufacturing. QCOffice already ships office supplies to YEI!, which then processes the products to “make sure everything is there and in good condition”, before staff deliver products to local businesses.

QCOffice said that it has “wanted to expand into this area for some time”, and in turn wanted to “bring [the cartridge recycling] service to YEI!’s territory”. YEI!’s Executive Director Brad Newman stated that “what I like about recycling is the theme is congruent with YEI! They used to think [cartridges were] throw away. Well, we know that you can apply a little technology to that and it’s reclaimed.

“They used to think [disabled people] were throw away as well. They were institutionalised and were put away in the back room; but we know with a little application, training, supervision and support of the family, now they contribute to the economy and the family.”

QCOffice’s Sales Director Christopher Keeler added: “One of the assurances we give is that when you give us your toner cartridge, we’re not just going to throw it in the dumpster, because we recycle the remanufactured, OEM and ink cartridges.”

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