(Owings Mills, MD) Cartridge Depot franchises around the country will become the first national ink and toner remanufacturers to take direct action to save the environment with a new initiative that will plant one tree for each empty cartridge that is returned for refilling.

Cartridge Depot announced a new partnership with American Forest's Global ReLeaf Fund to plant one tree for each empty cartridge customers bring in. "Every time someone recycles an ink or toner cartridge, we're going to plant a tree. Customers are already saving money and keeping up to two and a half pounds of plastic out of a landfill by recycling with us," explains Ken Blum, Cartridge Depot's CEO. "That makes a big difference, but we wanted to do more."

Cartridge Depot offers printer and fax ink and toner refilling services at franchises throughout the country. Refilling a cartridge can save up to 50% or more off the price of purchasing new ones, yet only 30% of users regularly recycle their cartridges. Remanufacturing toner cartridges has the potential to save over eleven million gallons of oil each year, a potentially massive reduction in the world's carbon footprint. With Cartridge Depot also planting one tree for each recycled cartridge, a cleaner landscape can become a reality.

"It's not enough to reduce trash," says Blum. "Responsible companies need to actually improve the environment, too. Working with American Forests will help us do that."

"We're very proud to be partnering with Cartridge Depot through this wonderful recycling program," says Gregory Meyer, American Forest VP Marketing and Development. "This partnership will help us pursue our mission of growing a healthier world by supporting the planting of thousands of trees to help restore forest ecosystems."

Cartridge Depot is the ink and toner refilling source of choice for business customers, who appreciate the company's easy, efficient cost savings. "This initiative allows our business customers to do a little bit more in their recycling efforts, and we've gotten great feedback," says Blum. "Getting a discount for recycling a cartridge is nice, but actually planting a real tree to help clean the air is even better."



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