A three-way agreement forged by MUSC Procurement, the Office of the
Chief Information Officer (OCIO), and two state contractors will add
black ink to departments’ balance sheets and a green commitment to the
environment. Success of these efforts will require full cooperation by
Through two initiatives, the MUSC Procurement Office and OCIO’s
Computer Connection have managed to get printer and copier toner at
significantly reduced prices and have arranged to ship empty toner
cartridges for recycling as part of MUSC’s commitment to environmental
The deal ensures that HP toner cartridges obtained from OfficeMax will
cost up to 15 percent less than the already reduced state contract
price. For example, an HP 4250/4350 Black toner cartridge that was $188
under state contract pricing is now $169.68 under this new arrangement
with OfficeMax. Other HP toner prices have dropped even more, said Jo
Wieters of the Computer Connection.
Dell also agreed to cut the cost of its laser jet toners. The popular
Dell 1720 toner that previously sold for $90 now sells for $76.49 under
the new deal.
“The reduced price is due to the sheer volume of our purchasing,”
Considering that the Computer Connection ordered more than $360,000
worth of toner last year alone, the additional savings could equate to
about $50,000, she said.
Wieters urged everyone on campus to use OfficeMax when buying HP toner.
Dell and other toner cartridges from other vendors should be ordered
through the Computer Connection for best pricing. Departments that
lease copier and printer equipment should consult their rental
agreement as far as those toner replacements go, she said.
The price lists and purchasing information for both the HP and Dell
toners are found on the Computer Connection Web site at http://www.musc.edu/infoservices/connection/print_toner.html.
The Computer Connection still works closely with Corporate Express for
pricing on other vendors’ toners—such as Brother, Okidata, and Xerox.
Recycling it forward
In a second deal, Computer Connection agreed to ship all empty toner
cartridges for recycling to Core Recycling Concepts (CRC), an
Illinois-based certified laser toner cartridge recycler. CRC, working
with OfficeMax, will track cartridge collections and provide detailed
monthly reports on the number of cartridges MUSC recycles.
MUSC receives credits for its recycling efforts, and the monthly
tallies help MUSC officials keep track of progress or the need to
The recycled cartridge supply program was arranged by OfficeMax and
CRC, which see MUSC as a significant source of first-used toner
It works this way:
1. MUSC buys the toner from Office Max or Dell at the discounted rate.
2. When they are depleted, the empty toner cartridges are collected at
the Computer Connection’s facility at 25 Ehrhardt St.
3. They are then labeled and shipped to CRC.
4. Any manufacturer’s toner cartridges can be recycled through this
Any cartridge can be shipped for recycling, including those
manufactured by Brother, Okidata, Xerox, HP, Dell, etc.
Light toner users can hand in their empty cartridges when the Computer
Connection driver delivers new toner or drop off the empties when
picking up a new order.
More frequent toner users can call the Computer Connection at 792-2323
or e-mail email@example.com to request a pickup of 10 or more empty
For heavy toner users, Computer Connection can supply pre-labeled boxes
that hold up to 12 cartridges. These boxes can be given to any UPS
delivery driver during a routine delivery or pickup.
MUSC recycling will not get credit if OfficeMax drivers pick up empty
cartridges, but the used toner will be recycled in the general
population recycle box.
In addition, purchasing HP and Dell toners through this arrangement
assures MUSC departments get the best pricing. The more MUSC purchases
this way, the better the chance of future volume discounts. Volume
purchases also can result in additional savings. For example, Dell does
not charge Computer Connection shipping costs on toner.
Faced with probable short-term budget trimming, departments can improve
their bottom line by taking full advantage of this deal that works out
to the betterment of economy and ecology.
For information call Computer Connection at 792-2323 or e-mail
For price list information, visit http://www.musc.edu/infoservices/connection/print_toner.html.
Friday, Oct. 17, 2008