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My take on this is quite the opposite. I commend HP in particular for participating in just about every single cartridge recycling program out there. All the office stores in the US take back HP inkjet and laser toner cartridges and give you a $3 per cartridge discount. With some HP printers having 5 and even 6 cartridges; this is a strong incentive to recycle.
On the other hand, Lexmark manufacturers cartridges that are notched funny for specific distributors. Some Best Buy and Circuit City exclusive printers have cartridges that can ONLY be purchased at the respective retailer.
* I won't even mention the poor print quality on a Lexmark compared to an HP ;-)
No one recycles Epson or Brother cartridges with an incentive. Only OfficeMax seems to offer an incentive to recycle Canon inkjet cartridges.
Although a print from a wide format Epson is BETTER in my opinion; the cost savings per print on an HP wide format is dramatic. Epson printers clean the printheads each time before you print and when turned on. 75 times turning on an Epson and your cartridge is completely discharged EVEN IF you don't print. Then there's also the fact that you lose money by not being able to obtain a monetary recycling incentive with Epson cartridges.