Local woman Brenda Cobb established PCS in Bundaberg 24 years ago, refilling more than half a million printer cartridges.
For more than two decades Brenda has been a driving force in the recycling game and said her passion came with many benefits.
“I established PCS not long after inkjet printing created a quieter printing option over the noisy dot matrix printers,” she said.
“We refill inkjet and toner cartridges and also stock a large range of new original and generic cartridges.
“Refilling cartridges saves our customers many dollars over buying new and saves tonnes of plastic and metal going into landfill.”
Brenda said as part of her business recycling initiative, PCS also reused all of the packaging each customer returned along with their empty toner cartridges.
“This includes cardboard boxes, packaging air bags and cartridge shipping protectors,” she said.
“This year alone we have refilled 576 toner cartridges.”
Brenda said, overall, the amount of cartridges PCS had refilled over 24 years in operation was now at 504,231.
She said the massive number brought with it some pretty impressive figures.
“The breakdown of savings for our customers is more $19,580,930 over the 24 year period,” she said.
“I'm really proud of that.
“I love serving our many loyal customers, some of whom have supported us for 24 years.”
Brenda said over the years, the printer cartridge recycling process had changed with some manufacturers not allowing refilling of their products.
“Unfortunately we are no longer able to refill all inkjet and toner cartridges and have had to resort to selling generic cartridges,” she said.
“Many of the printer manufacturers now use software or chips to ensure refilled cartridges are not accepted in their printers.”
This hasn't deterred Brenda, who said she was working with suppliers to find other solutions to benefit her customers and the environment.
“While our ink and toner suppliers work tirelessly to find a work around method and attempt to source chip resetters or replacement chips, we encourage those that wish to refill to contact us for advice on which printer to purchase,” she said.
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