Toner cartridges: All the facts you need to know about recycling

Let’s face it, everyone knows (or should know) the benefits of recycling paper, but how many people give a second thought when it comes to tossing out spent toner cartridges? Not nearly as many as there should be. Did you even know there was a whole new life awaiting your empty cartridges? Yes, that’s right, they can be recycled, reused, and remanufactured. At The Inky Shop, we’re passionate about our recycling programme.

Laser printers are found everywhere from the workplace to homes to schools. Unfortunately, toner doesn’t last forever, eventually, the cartridges will need to be replaced, in some cases more quickly than others depending on your volume of printing. The majority of the population is sadly unaware of the impact tossing used cartridges can have on the environment, but don’t despair, you can recycle your cartridges and help lessen the negative effects of wastage. In fact, 97% of the materials in a toner cartridge can be recycled, including plastic, rubber, and metal.

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The facts and figures of toner cartridges

High volume of waste

The unfortunate fact is, when it comes to recycling, 70% of toner cartridges are placed directly into the rubbish bin and end up in landfill sites. With tens of millions of cartridges being sold annually, anyone quick enough to do the math can see the enormity of those figures.

Decomposition is a lengthy process

Toner cartridges which have been thrown into a landfill site can take up to 450 years to decompose. That’s almost six lifetimes to the average person. The worse news is, some of the components are made from industrial grade plastic. These can take up to 1000 years to be fully decomposed.

Putting the figures into perspective

If you were to stack, end-to-end, the number of cartridges discarded by the world in just one year, they would circle the earth twice. That is a staggering 80,150 kilometres worth of cartridges!

One cartridge can have multiple lives

Not only can cartridges be recycled and the plastics reused, they can also be remanufactured. In fact, a single toner cartridge can be remanufactured up to seven times! A remanufactured cartridge works just as well as a brand new one, you won’t even notice the difference.

Recycling reduces waste to landfill

The remanufacturing of toner cartridges saves over thirty thousand tonnes of plastic and metal from landfills. Every recycled cartridge prevents a kilogram of plastic and metal waste from landing up in your local landfill site.

The numbers add up

Every second there are nearly eight cartridges being thrown away and those seconds can add up quickly. Think of the waste we could prevent if all of those cartridges ended up in the recycle bin instead of the rubbish bin.

Adopt a greener approach to printing

Recycling your toner cartridges is just as easy as throwing them away and helps prevent volumes of unnecessary waste from reaching landfill sites. While these items may seem small, recycling and reusing them can greatly benefit our environment, not only in reducing wastage but also in conserving our precious resources. For every 100,000 recycled print cartridges, we can save up to nine thousand kilograms of aluminium, forty tonnes of plastic, and a massive one million litres of crude oil. Wow!

Everyone, from corporate companies to small businesses, and even the individual, can help the environment by adding cartridges to their list of recyclables. It won’t cost you a thing, in fact buying recycled toner cartridges can save you money.

Visit us at The Inky Shop to benefit from great savings while saving the environment with our Inky Shop alternative cartridges. Find a store near you!

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