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ETIRA praises new EU environmental regulations

The European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers Association (ETIRA) has hailed the introduction of new European Union (EU) criteria to cut the environmental footprint of printers and cartridges purchased through public tenders.

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ETIRA says the new rules will allow public authorities to endorse sustainable print

The Green Procurement Policy (GPP) Criteria for Imaging Equipment applies to printers, copiers, multifunctional devices and scanners, which the ETIRA says will allow authorities to endorse sustainable print by cutting the environmental impact of devices purchased and favouring remanufactured cartridges.

The new criteria, which also includes certain requirements for printers’ plastics, chemicals and emissions, is currently voluntary, but public bodies are being invited to use the guide when they solicit offers for imaging equipment and consumables through tenders.

ETIRA president Javier Martinez says: “The introduction of this new list of criteria within the European Union is an encouraging step forward towards a more sustainable future for the printing and ink and toner cartridge industry.

“We have been lobbying the EU for two years on this policy and participating in the development process while insisting that cartridge reuse is a vital part of the new criteria.”

We have been lobbying the EU for two years on this policy and participating in the development process while insisting that cartridge reuse is a vital part of the new criteria

Key criteria include a requirement for printers to comply with EU regulations on REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive) and other regular EU rules and laws.

Printers must also meet standards for emissions, noise, energy consumption, and not contain hazardous substances beyond limits, as well as warranties and allow the use of remanufactured cartridges.

The GPP also sets out how take-back programmes can be requested, while there are criteria for consumables supplied under a managed print contract.

“Together with our members, we will now raise awareness of the criteria in EU countries to encourage public authorities to use the GPP criteria and in turn, lower the environmental footprint of printing and cartridge use across EU member states,” Martinez says.

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