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Olympic Printer Resources advocates 'green' business

Olympic Printer Resources Inc. President Pete DeBoer and Vice President Jeff Peterson are supporting the new trend of living “green.” That’s why their Kingston-based company is responsible for keeping 13 tons of plastic from the landfills and collecting over 70 tons of electric waste for recycling. The company is also certified as a Green Works Company by Kitsap County. “We’re big in recycling…very green oriented,” Peterson said.

The company recycles laser and ink jet printers, fax machines and copy cartridges, and recently has committed to recycling televisions, monitors, computers and old printers. “Since we are already delivering cartridges around the area, it is easy for us to pickup for recycling,” Peterson said. All of the recycled items are given to EcycleNW, an electronic environmental service based in Sequim, where they are disassembled into component parts and sold to certified processors that abide by U.S. export control regulations concerning electronic waste.

In addition, Olympic Printer Resources services and repairs printers, fax machines and copiers, also providing free consulting on equipment. A new addition is computer and information technology services. The company does service to more than 2,600 customers in Kitsap, Jefferson, Clallam, Mason, Thurston, Pierce, King and Snohomish counties.

Olympic Printer Resources Inc. has been in the area for 15 years growing from one person, DeBoer, who started the company from the basement of his Kingston home in 1993, and into a company of seven. After six years in operation, Peterson became a partner. He said he “saw a opportunity,” and purchased 49 percent of the company. As the company expanded, it moved in 2005 into a 4,800-square-foot building, which was designed to accommodate the expanding remanufacturing business.

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