ABC Trade and Investments (Pvt.) Ltd opened their latest RE-NEW STATION, a printer cartridge recycling service, at the Sri Lanka State Trading (General) Corporation premises at Nawam Mawatha, Colombo 02. Opened by the Minister of Trade, Marketing Development, Co-operatives and Consumer Services Mr. Bandula Gunawardene.
RE-NEW STATION, does not refill printer cartridges, but recycle them. Recycling is a process which uses state-of-the-art equipment through all the stages from emptying the cartridges, cleaning the nozzles, pressurized/ vacuum filling of ink and print test, allowing for more successful recycling of cartridges.
Chairman, Lanka State Trading (General) Corporation, Pradeep Gunawardena, Minister of Trade, Marketing Development, Co-operatives and Consumer Services Bandula Gunawardena and Chief Executive Officer, ABC Trade and Investments (Pvt.) Ltd, A. Jayaseelan at the opening of the new showroom
According to ABC Trade and Investments (Pvt) Ltd, who introduced the professional recycling concept to Sri Lanka as RE-NEW STATION is a shop in shop concept where customer can take their used print Ink and Toner cartridge and get them recycled for reuse thus reducing the printing cost by over 80% and also saving the environment form e-waste.
Speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Trade, Marketing Development, Co-operatives and Consumer Services Bandula Gunawardene said that the State Trading General Corporation was on the brink of closure in the past due to the open economy and the competition. "But, under the strengthening of State institutions and the upliftment of the national economy programs of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, we brought the Corporation to profit making level within a few months. We did not spend a cent for this achievement. We got together with a great number of private sector institutions and started a programme of distributing their products through the Corporation. Re-new Station that is being opened today is the result of just another of these partnerships."
The Chairman of the Sri Lanka State Trading (General) Corporation Mr. Pradeep Gunawardena said that the aim of opening of this RE-NEW STATION is reducing the computer printing expenses of State institutions and offices. Many well known companies in Sri Lanka like Metropolitan, Exide Batteries, Unilever, Orange and Samsung are already in partnership with the Corporation, he said.
The Chief Executive officer of ABC Trade and Investments (Pvt.) Ltd. Mr. A.Jayaseelan speaking on the occasion said, "We mechanically recycle used cartridges using German and American technology at the RE-NEW STATION. The cartridges recycled by us are equal in quality and performance to their originals. Using original cartridges will cost a lot of money while disposal of used cartridges poses a lot of ecological problems. A saving of 80 percent can be made by using recycled cartridges. By the opening of this RE-NEW STATION, State and private sector institutions could get their used cartridges recycled with the warranty of the Sri Lanka State Trading (General) Corporation."
Recycling printer cartridges is environmental friendly, as it consumes four gallons of fossil oil to manufacture a single cartridge that takes over 300 years to biodegrade. Recycling enables reusing the same cartridge multiple times and prevents wastage on natural resources and landfill.
The country also benefits by saving valuable foreign exchange. By opening the new RE-NEW STATION at STC, the company hopes to reduce the printing cost of both the government sector and corporate institutions by introducing professional ink/laser cartridge recycling technology. RE-NEW STATION also offers the best brands and a wide selection of printer consumables and storage media products. The new showroom has a range of products from toners, cartridges, ribbons and CD's and DVD's and provide after sales services.