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GreenYes Digest Sun, 19 Apr 98 Volume 98 : Issue 99

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Lexmark anti-Recycling Toner Program
Source for Non-PVC plumbing pipe
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Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 21:56:31 -0400
From: "Bill Sheehan" <>
Subject: Lexmark anti-Recycling Toner Program

[Forwarded from Tom Watson, Waste Prevention Forum]

Today's issue (4/10/98) of the Wall Street Journal features an article
by Raju Narisetti about the battle in the laser printer industry over
the remanufacturing of toner cartridges. (Thanks to Roger Guttentag,
Jeff Tumarkin and Bill Reed for calling this article to our attention.)

As you may recall, Glenn Meyer of the Minnesota Office of Environmental
Assistance alertly learned about this new program nearly a year ago and
sent in a posting to this Forum that ran on May 21, 1997. On May 28,
1997, we ran a brief response from Lexmark about the issue.

If you're interested in this dispute, be sure and read the full Wall
Street Journal story today. Here's a summary of some of the points in
the article:

-- Last year, Lexmark Corp. began offering buyers a $30 "Prebate" on its
new Optra S cartridge if the buyer agreed not to reuse or refill the
cartridge. For anyone who did not want to agree to this, Lexmark
continued to offer non-Prebate cartridges.

-- Prebate has been a big hit -- 7 out of 8 Optra cartridges sold have
been with the Prebate deal.

-- Lexmark has sent certified letters to thousands of toner cartridge
remanufacturers warning them not to refill the cartridges.

-- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has received letters of complaint
about the Lexmark practice. But Lexmark points out that the company
recently received a favorable ruling by Australian authorities; a
remanufacturing group in that country had complained that the Prebate
program was anticompetitive.

-- There are 12,000 toner cartridge remanufacturers in the U.S.,
employing about 42,000 workers. Remanufacturers say they refill the
same cartridge about 10 times.

-- New York State Assembly member Joseph Morelle plans to hold public
hearings on this issue on Earth Day, April 22.



Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 16:46:54 +0100
From: (CMPBS)
Subject: Source for Non-PVC plumbing pipe

Mary: ABS plastic might be an alternative to PVC to consider. I think it comes
in all the same dimensions as pvc, and is something we've used successfully.
As far as I know, it is black vs. the white pvc, though I can't imagine this
would make a difference in a worm bin environment. Good luck! Gail Vittori

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Re: Lexmark and the "Prebate" -- interesting how these things get press... If anyone asks, here is the web page for Lexmark's original press release about the Prebate program:


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