Tuesday, 11 Aug 2020 09:09 GMT

ETIRA urges EU to take ‘fast action’ on OEM rules

The European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers Association (ETIRA) has called on the European Union to take action over the current rules regarding original equipment manufacturer (OEMs), in order to stop the “devastating impact” that the print industry is having on the environment.

Writing in an open letter to the EU, ETIRA says consumers and small business owners are currently tied to buying “expensive and environmentally damaging” ink cartridge replacements from OEMs, rather than being given the choice to buy remanufactured products.

ETIRA is now urging the European Commission to end the cycle by banning chips and firmware updates, as well as introducing a minimum number for reuse cartridge and stopping the import of cheap single-use cartridges from outside of the EU.

Javier Martinez, president of ETIRA, says steps must be taken in order 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,” he says.

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 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.”

“Sadly, buying a new machine is often cheaper than buying a new set of cartridges, meaning people throw away both the device and used cartridges. This has to stop.”

“We support the EU’s proposal for a Circular Economy, however, its current suggestion for a Voluntary Agreement for the printing sector can only be a solution if it stops anti-cartridge reuse elements such as chips and firmware updates, creates a minimum number for reuse cartridges, and stops the invasion of cheap and polluting single use non-OEM cartridges from outside the EU.”

Martinez adds: “There is so much good to be gained from changes to this sector and we want to see this pushed up the agenda and discussed.”

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