Green Tip: Recycle Your Printer Cartridges

An estimated 375 million inkjet cartridges are disposed of each year in the U.S. and a staggering 73% of them are only used once. The stats for laser jet printers are no better. This is both a waste of resources and money. Now you can recycle your cartridges and contribute to the materials used to produce remanufactured cartridges.

Many cartridge companies have the capability to reuse almost 100 percent of used cartridges to produce new ones, adding only new ink. It takes about 80 percent less energy to remanufacture the cartridge plastic compared to producing a ink cartridge it from new materials. Also, remanufactured laser cartridges use about half the amount of oil needed to make new cartridges. The process of recycling cartridges saves more than 38,000 tons of plastic and metal from going into the landfill.

You can also reduce your consumption by printing less. Not only will this save cartridge use, but it will also save paper. When your cartridge does run out, there are plenty of options that should be considered. You can recycle it in the following ways:

Reasons to Re-Use Ink and Toner Cartridges

  • Re-using and recycling cartridges uses less energy and resources. It takes around a half gallon of oil to make just one typical laser printer cartridge. This goes to show that every cartridge saved makes a big difference.
  • Oil is a non-renewable material and re-using and recycling cartridges conserves oil.
  • Printer cartridges also use aluminium and steel and these resources are also preserved when cartridges are re-used.

Ways to Re-Use Cartridges

  • Refilling: One way to get the most use out of your printer cartridges is to refill them. Refilling your printer cartridges is far more economical than buying new ones.It should be noted that cartridges can only be refilled a limited number of times before they need to be replaced. The average is three times.
  • Professional refilling: For those that don’t want to take on the refill process themselves, there is the alternative of having empty cartridges managed by an outside organization. This is not as economical as refilling cartridges yourself but it may be more convenient.
  • Recycling: Often the same companies who collect cartridges for refilling will also collect ones which can’t be refilled. They will often pay a fee for every cartridge recycled and they will ensure that the cartridges are either re-manufactured or recycled safely and kept out of the landfill.

Purchasing New Cartridges: Buy Green

When you do need to buy a new cartridge, the greenest choice is to buy re-manufactured cartridges. These cartridges are less expensive than brand new ones and they come with a guarantee to work as well as new cartridges.

Make Cartridges Last: Use Less Ink

  • Use draft quality where possible. If you’re just printing something for yourself or internal distribution, draft quality is usually fine and saves a lot of ink.
  • Print in black and white rather than color wherever possible. This uses a lot less ink and color ink is considerably more expensive.
  • If you are printing a lot, consider whether printing two sides to a sheet in a landscape format would work.
  • It can be more economical to print photos as a professional printing shop.

Resources for Recycling Toner Cartridges

Castle Ink Cartridges
(New York Area)
Recycle your ink and toner cartridges.
FreeRecycling Recycle Ink Cartridges and get cash! Recycling inkjet cartridges is a great fundraiser, help schools and nonprofit organizations to fundraising success or make some extra cash for you or your company.
FundingFactory
(For Organizations)
Educational and nonprofit organizations within the contiguous United States and Ontario, Canada, can earn technology, classroom and recreation equipment, and even cash through the Funding Factory Recycling Program.
eCycle Group
(California)
Recycle your inkjet and toner cartridges for cash. We have some of the best buy prices in the business. Guaranteed fast payment bi-monthly!
Toner Buyer.com Both of these companies buy empty ink and toner cartridges
Cash for Empties

3 Comments

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3 responses to “Green Tip: Recycle Your Printer Cartridges

  1. Recycling cartridges is one practice that we should all embrace. In every cartridge we recycle, we save a lot of resources that we can still use for more important matters. I definitely support this cause.

  2. More or less 85% of printer cartridges are discarded after just one use. That totals to over 350 million empty cartridges ending up in landfills every year — more than one per second! Refilling cartridges saves energy and decreases pollution. By reusing and refilling your inkjet cartridges, you can help rescue the world while saving money.

  3. It’s hard to find well-informed people on this topic, however, you seem like you know what you’re talking about!
    Thanks

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