I have a started a program for recycling The carts. Here Is The Link http://www.shadesofpaper.com/index.php?cPath=52
What actually happens is The Ink is used as fuel and The carts are reycled.
really Neat process.
I have also used this as a Process to give something away for this and promote new papers or products its always changing..
Hope all have a great fathers day!
Great idea Jim.
I've already gone and stripped my 4000 cartridges for local recycling, which took about an hour for 50 carts or so. The remaining ink in the bags seemed to vary more than I'd have expected but was always more than 25mls I would guess.
I still have a growing stack of 9880 and 4880 cartridges. With my previous smaller printer I used to just give the cartridges to the ink refillers but the local ones have no interest in the wide format cartridges. Too bad though the cartridges can't be reused or refilled which would be greener than recycling. After taking 50 apart I can see it would be simple to just replace the ink bag with a full one and reset the chip.
Also too bad epson won't step (back) up to the plate. I think in Canada there was legislation afoot to either charge a deposit or otherwise compel the printer manufacturers to take the cartridges back but with Harper the threat must have vanished in a puff of oil-sands smoke.
While we are having a green father's day, another item that concerns me is the plastic roll ends. Would shades of paper be able to reuse these? I'm currently collecting my breathing color ones for return and reuse to them as soon as I have a full box but I've still got epson ones as well. Should be cheaper to ship as they pack well and no reason the ends shouldn't be reusable.
Why do we use a material with a life span of 100's of years for disposable items? On that cheerful note I'll wish every one a happy father's day and thanks for the replies.....