Toner and cartridge recycling
There you are sitting next to your printer, looking at the green grass through the window and waiting for the right time to take a walk in a fresh air. If you want to enjoy this for many upcoming years you should think about the printer cartridge you are currently using - where will it go when the time comes? Where should you put it? We already think about it, so should you.
First of all, you should know that:
Every year approximately 400 million ink cartridges are sold in the U.S., however more than 70% of them are not recycled.
Printer cartridges are made of engineering grade polymer - left in a landfill they can decompose only in 1,000 years.
Thrown out ink and toner cartridges pollute the environment and damage health as “carbon black” used in toners is found out to be carcinogenic.
Why should you recycle ink & toner cartridges?
Almost 97% of ink and toner cartridges’ materials can be reused or recycled. By recycling cartridges you prevent them from ending in landfills thus reducing pollution.
You will help to maintain sustainable environment. 100,000 recycled cartridges correspond to 40 saved tons of plastic, 21,100 saved pounds of aluminum and around 1 million saved liters of oil.
You will reduce the demand for raw materials and save natural resources like water, oil, minerals or timber.
You will save energy and protect the Earth from global climate change because of reduced emissions generated in new cartridges manufacturing process.
What about refill?
If you want to help the environment and create less waste, don’t you hurry to recycle a ink cartridge that has been used only once. Reuse of your cartridge is the highest form of recycling. In most of the cases ink cartridges can be refilled from 3 to 7 times - it will not be the second life, it might be the seventh.
Only after the cartridge reaches the end of its life, you can recycle it. Remember that remanufacturing toner cartridges requires 80% less energy than making the new ones.
How to recycle toner cartridges?
If you are already convinced that toner recycling is good for you, your kids and your grandkids you are probably wondering how to recycle your used toner cartridges.
There are three options to recycle them. The first one is to send used toner cartridges to the manufacturer. We recommend to visit manufacturer’s website where you can find clear and comprehensive instructions how to recycle cartridges for free.
The second option is to drop off your used toner cartridge at office supply stores where everything will be taken care of.
However, if you are interested not only in recycling but also in opportunity to gain some extra money, you can look for recycling organizations that are willing to pay for each cartridge.
Some things are hard to explain in words, that is why you can watch the process of recycling and get an idea how it works: