Ninestar’s G&G Details Remanufacturing Process for Used Toner, Inkjet Cartridges

Ninestar’s G&G recently conducted a tour of its printer-consumables’ remanufacturing factory in Zhuhai, China, showing how the company collects empty inkjet and toner cartridge from around the world, selects those for reuse, and remanufactures them for re-use. 

According to Samuel Liang, G&G’s sales and marketing manager, misleading information has been spread claiming that the Chinese only make compatible supplies, and don’t care about the environment and remanufacturing. “As someone who lives in China and works at G&G, I know such blanket statements are unfair and untrue” he said.

 “There’s a well-known saying, ‘seeing is believing’,” said Liang. “We wanted to reveal quite openly that we are in the cartridge remanufacturing business as we always have been since Ninestar started in 2000.”

Collection Facility: Sorting and Grading

G&G’s remanufacturing process starts with a program for collecting depleted ink and toner cartridges. The 12,000 square meter warehouse in HongWan Port, Zhuhai, sees more than 750,000 cartridges from all around the world sorted every month. Technicians sort and grade the empties according to G&G’s Empty Cartridge Grading standards and policies.

Empties Management Systems

Complying with the European Union’s first sale doctrine, G&G conducts empties management systems throughout its remanufacturing process. Every shipment that arrives from the Europe Union (EU) must be documented, sorted, graded, and stored separately. For cartridges remanufactured by G&G to return to the EU, they must comply with the Bill of Materials and SKUs for EU and EEA models.

Recycling Programs

G&G started its recycling programs in Europe, the U.S., and China in 2020 to create a “closed loop” experience for users wanting to minimize their carbon footprints. In 2021 alone, Ninestar collected 230,218 cartridges in Europe and the U.S. for recycling, with up to 80 percent of them being remanufactured.

Remanufacturing Production Lines

After being sorted and graded, the inkjet cartridges are cleaned with G&G’s  automated production line. G&G says this automation has increased efficiency up to 20 percent and saves up to 65 percent on water. The sewage produced in the cleaning process is properly handled in an advanced sewage treatment station to avoid any pollutants entering the environment.

G&G also said toner cartridges are remanufactured in a manner that fully maintains and preserves the integrity of the structure of the original OEM cartridge. With G&G’s remanufactured cartridges, two different toner powders are used. One is sourced from toner suppliers in China and Japan. The other is  100-percent recycled original toner obtained from cartridges collected in recycling programs, widely used in G&G Reborn copier cartridges.

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