The company specialises in the supply of private label cartridges for UK and European high street, mail order and web-based channels, as well as major office supplies resellers. It counts WHSmith, Office Depot, Viking,
Vasanta, ADVEO, inkClub, Plaisio and Agfaphoto amongst its customer base.
EBP has ISO 9001:2008 (quality management systems) and ISO 14001:2004 (environmental management systems) certification and spends over £500,000 a year on R&D, a commitment that, according to EBP Head of Collections Amy Horn, helps it continually improve the recycling process. “We invest heavily to ensure we remain at the forefront,” she said.
The company operates in 17 countries and collects around six million cartridges annually. It has partnered with over 180 UK and European charities and to date has donated in excess of £5,000,000. “We were one of the first companies in this space to partner with charities for collection programmes,” said Horn. “And it was this element that really helped up the volume of cartridges returned to us for remanufacturing.”
Today EBP has collection schemes in place with 2,000 schools and hospitals. It provides FREEPOST recycling bags, which are sequentially bar-coded for comprehensive and accurate traceability, and retail/office collection bins at no cost to the charity. In addition, it utilises bespoke software to report to partners and supporters exactly what has been collected and from which source.
A team of in-house engineers, chemists and technical experts based at its factory in Park Royal, North West London have developed proprietary equipment and ink formulations to produce a wide range of remanufactured cartridges to the same high quality as the OEMs.
“We are very proud of the fact that we’ve built longstanding relationships with our customers and partners. Our 20 plus year heritage, sustained investment in R&D and bespoke equipment, combined with robust quality controls, ensure that we produce the highest quality remanufactured printer cartridges,” explained Horn.
One in four cartridges sold in the UK is believed to be remanufactured and up to 40% of businesses with more than 1,000 employees use remanufactured cartridges. “We firmly believe that re-use is far better than simply recycling,” she added.
The environmental savings soon stack up when you consider that an inkjet cartridge takes about 1,000 years to decompose in landfill. So do the cost savings, with a remanufactured producttypically costing 20 to 50% less than anOEM cartridge.