Push to Include Cartridges for Single-Use Plastic Ban in USA

Push to Include Cartridges for Single-Use Plastic Ban in USA

Push to Include Cartridges for Single-Use Plastic Ban in USA

Push to Include Cartridges for Single-Use Plastic Ban in USAIndustry advocate Tricia Judge has teamed up with US Congressman Joe Morelle (both pictured) to support the federal push to stop the consumer purchasing of single-use plastics.

Morelle has been a supporter of printer cartridge remanufacturing for 30 years.

Tricia Judge, the Executive Director of the International Imaging Technology Council (Int’l ITC), travelled to Washington, D.C. to drum up support for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) which is targeting the federal purchases of single-use plastics.

“The agency proposed an action this month that environmentalists have called an encouraging step,” said Judge. “The world’s largest consumer is considering halting its purchases of single-use plastics.”

Judge is urging the wrongful use of single-use printer cartridges to be included in the ban. “The chief concern is about plastics in packaging,” Judge added. “But I found that many officials were open to extending the ban to include cartridges. Especially Congressman Joe Morelle, who has been our industry’s supporter for 30 years.”
“I would definitely like to direct the GSA to prioritize remanufactured products,” Morelle said. “They’re good for the environment, consumer choice and small business.”
Push to Include Cartridges for Single-Use Plastic Ban in USA“The US government is the largest consumer of goods and services in the world, and to assure that they buy only remanufactured cartridges would be a huge victory for the industry,” Judge said. “The current administration is very environmentally friendly. President Joe Biden has issued several executive orders that highlight the need for federal agencies to prioritize purchases of reusable products.”
Congressman Joe Morelle (D-NY) has sponsored a federal right-to-repair bill, which is currently working its way through the approval process in both the U.S. House and Senate. Morelle was successful in sponsoring and passing a right-to-repair law in New York, which is currently awaiting the N.Y. governor’s signature.
Morelle represents the Rochester, N.Y., area. In 1998, he was instrumental in getting pro-remanufactured cartridge legislation passed in New York, after he held public hearings criticizing the aggressive activities of the printer OEMs to stem cartridge remanufacturing.
He is also a big supporter of the Int’l ITC. “Anything we can do to help with building your industry and association,” he said. “We will do it.”
The GSA is seeking public comment for future rulemaking on reducing unnecessary single-use plastics in government purchases, mainly material that is often used in packaging and shipping, and the Int’l ITC will be submitting comments.
“GSA has the ability to make a difference by addressing single-use plastics in our construction, concession, and facility maintenance contracts as well,” the notice from the GSA said. “With single-use plastics being a significant contributor to the global plastic pollution concern, it is a logical step for the agency to examine this.”


  • The Time and Tide Were on Our Side: Tricia Judge remembers how the epic battle at the US Supreme Court definitively decided the issues of post-sale restrictions and effects of foreign first sales.
  • Remanufacturing: From Dirty to Debutante: Reman has been perceived as the garage-based “aftermarket” that produces dirty, worn products that may cost less, but also perform less. No more.


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