Every year, millions of homes and business across the globe discard up to 350 million printer cartridges. Only 30% of these cartridges are recycled, according to estimates. The rest will end up in landfills. Unfortunately, it will take about a thousand years before a single cartridge fully decomposes. That’s because engineering-grade polymers and metals are the main materials of cartridges. Worse, ink and toner leftovers contain harmful chemicals that could leak into the soil and waterways. These chemicals cause land and water pollution.
Manufacturing these ink cartridges is also very resource-consuming. For instance, producing just a single ink cartridge needs about three ounces of oil. Making a laser cartridge consumes three quarts of oil. Also, anufacturing just a single cartridge emits around 4.8kg CO2 greenhouse gases.
The best way to reduce the impact of cartridge waste is to recycle and remanufacture. In fact, printer cartridges can actually be remanufactured up to 3-4 times. Just throwing them away after one life cycle is not sensible at all.
Benefits of Remanufactured Ink and Toner Cartridges
Keeps hazardous waste out of landfills – Remanufacturing ink and toner cartridges gives them a new lease on life. Every remanufactured cartridge keeps 2lbs of waste out of landfills.
Saves resources – By reprocessing used cartridges, we can save on raw materials like plastics and metals. Recycling 100,000 cartridges saves 9,599 kg of aluminum, 1 million liters of oil and 40 tons of plastic.
Saves water and energy – By maximizing the use of recycled cartridges, we use less water and energy.
Reduces greenhouse gases – All recycling efforts help reduce the burden on our fragile atmosphere. Lowering harmful CO2 greenhouses gas emissions. As a result, cartridge remanufacturing saves approximately 2.5kg of CO2 per cartridge.