Westlake Ace Hardware signs deal with Ink-O-Dem

With a nod toward sustainability, Lenexa, Kan.-based Westlake Ace Hardware will offer an inkjet cartridge refilling service at six stores.

Through a partnership with Ink-O-Dem, the 88-store retail chain said it intends to increase its focus on sustainability. "Adding Ink-O-Dem's ink cartridge refilling service just makes perfect sense as it is convenient, green and affordable," said Boyd White, corporate merchant of Westlake Ace Hardware. "We will have this new service in six of our Olathe, Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., area stores initially and plan to expand the rollout from there."

The service begins Aug. 8. Participating stores can now refill 146 different inkjet cartridges, including the latest cartridges from HP and Canon.

In a press release announcing the move, Ink-O-Dem pointed to research from Lyra Research that showed more than 1 million inkjet cartridges are thrown into landfills every day, adding 60,000 tons of industrial grade plastic to landfills each year. 

The cartride refill service is also available at Cartridge World, Hi-School Pharmacy, Walgreens and other major chains, according to Ink-O-Dem.

Westlake Ace Hardware was the Home Channel News 2011 Golden Hammer Retailer of the Year honoree.