The European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers Association (ETIRA) has issued an open letter to the EU, demanding fast action to stop the devastating impact the printing industry is having on the environment.
The letter, published on ETIRA’s website, responds to the EU’s Circular Economy report, stating that at present, consumers and small business owners are currently tied to buy expensive, environmentally damaging ink cartridge replacements from the OEM, rather than being given the choice to buy remanufactured products.
ETIRA is calling on the European Commission to end this cycle, banning chips and firmware updates, introducing a minimum number for reuse cartridge and stopping the import of cheap single-use cartridges from outside the EU.
Javier Martinez, President of ETIRA, said: “We need fast action to stop consumers and smaller business owners being held hostage by the big OEMs. A change in legislation would give consumers the freedom to choose the type of ink cartridges they purchase, putting environmentally-friendly reuse cartridges on the table.
“With green issues so high on the agenda across Europe we need to see legislation to help us in the printing industry work to reduce, remake and recycle – creating a circular economy in printing, in line with the Circular Economy Action Plan.”