Local entrepreneur brings eco-friendly franchise to Rockford

Cartridge World heralds the arrival of sustainable franchises by promoting recycling through the refilling of laser and inkjet cartridges

The face of the franchise industry, long dominated by fast-food restaurants and gas stations, is acquiring a new look. Recent trends in franchising have resulted in a growing number of eco-friendly business opportunities. A local entrepreneur is interested in making the most of the opportunity. So, Robert Opperman is opening Cartridge World Rockford. More than 300 stores are planned to open in the United States over the next year.

“Cartridge World stands out because it integrates a very successful business model with social responsibility—a mix that reflects the sustainable lifestyle most of us here in the Northwest cherish,” Opperman said.

Cartridge World benefits the local community by promoting recycling and waste reduction. The company accomplishes this by refilling laser and inkjet printer cartridges, and in the process provides considerable cost savings to both consumers and businesses. The company’s environmental ethic is a key factor in the team’s decision to open a Cartridge World store in the area.

Laser printer cartridges, which account for more than 90 percent of the throwaway cartridges deposited in landfills, can take up to 450 years to decompose.

Along with environmental benefits, the cost to refill a laser or inkjet cartridge at Cartridge World is generally half the cost of purchasing a new cartridge.

The green business sector has been growing since the 1990s, and franchising has joined the eco-movement. Cartridge World, which was founded in Australia in 1991, is the world’s largest provider of cartridge refilling services with more than 1,000 stores worldwide and more than 275 open in the U.S. Environmentally-friendly dry cleaners, pest control firms and car wash businesses are other franchise opportunities founded on sustainable business practices that have emerged in recent years.

Cartridge World Rockford is at 6139 E. State St, near Kohl’s. The store is open Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and can be reached at 815-316-7722.

About Cartridge World

Cartridge World provides local retail refill and remanufacturing services for ink and toner cartridges for inkjet and laser printers, photocopy and fax machines. All refilled cartridges come with a 100 percent guarantee, and the services are conducted in the Cartridge World store. The company also sells new and compatible cartridges, as well as specialty papers, printers and fax machine supplies. Cartridge World is headquartered in Adelaide, Australia, was founded in 1991 and began its North America expansion in January 2003. With at least one store opening per day, Cartridge World has 1,000 franchised stores opened worldwide, including 275 in the United States. More information about the company is at www.cartridgeworldusa.com.

From the Dec. 14-20, 2005, issue

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