Retail Inkjet Solutions (RIS) today announced that its InkCenter ink-cartridge refilling stations have been installed in Costco’s 1-Hour Photo Centers across the United States. Costco members can now bring in their empty ink cartridges and receive a refill. RIS promises cartridge savings of up to 70 percent versus purchasing a new cartridge. The service costs from $7.99 to $9.99 per cartridge, and cartridges from inkjet vendors such as Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark, Epson, Canon, and Dell can be refilled. See here for a list of ink cartridges that can be re-filled, as well as pricing.
The ink-refilling station is located in the Costco store’s photo department, and ink-cartridge refilling takes about an hour. The RIS InkCenter is the only UL Listed inkjet cartridge refill system and is deployed in other retailers such as Fry’s, as well as in campus bookstores in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and United Kingdom.
RIS stresses the environmental benefits of refilling ink cartridges – although virtually all inkjet printer makers have free ink-cartridge recycling at this point – with RIS CEO Cecilia Gonzales stating, “Teaming up with our retail partners, we have already kept 2,600 tons of plastic out of landfills and saved over 200,000 gallons of oil with our ink-cartridge refilling program. With the rollout to all Costco locations nationwide, and its millions of members, we have the opportunity to have an even greater positive impact on the environment. And we can offer this eco-friendly solution without sacrificing quality.” RIS also claims that its refills deliver up to 20 percent more printed pages than a new cartridge, citing a study by Quality Logic.
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