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Inkjet and Toner Cartridge Recycling

»Wednesday, November 4,2009

Picture an inkjet cartridge – it’s a tiny little thing isn’t it?  Hardly worth worrying about recycling it then is it?  

What about toner cartridges, ok, they’re a bit bigger but still not huge so probably not worth worrying about too much either?


Don’t be fooled by the small size of these items – throwing them in the bin has a huge environmental impact on a number of levels.

Let’s start with the cost to our countryside.  Landfill sites are rapidly filling up!  We are simply running out of room to bury our waste!  Each year millions of inkjet and toner cartridges are thrown in the bin and sent to landfill in the UK – picture that, a mountain of plastic and other valuable resources that could be re-used or recycled being buried under the ground for no good reason – suddenly it doesn’t look like such a little issue does it?  

Each one of these cartridges and inkjets will take hundreds of years to breakdown in the soil and some parts may never fully biodegrade.  These days it really is as simple to recycle as it is to throw your empty inkjet or cartridge in the bin, so doesn’t it make sense to do your bit to save the countryside?

Still not convinced – ok, let’s try this… how do you feel about rising fuel and energy bills?  Oil is another resource that is depleting and the price is rising leaving all of us paying more as a result.  So what has that got to do with recycling your cartridges?

The major component in each printer cartridge is plastic, and one of the major ingredients used to produce plastic is… you guessed it… Oil.  It takes about a litre of oil to produce one little inkjet and around three and a half litres to produce a toner cartridge.

So, picture again that mountain of millions and millions of empty cartridges being thrown away each year rather than recycled – that’s really millions and millions of gallons of oil being wasted – a massive waste of a precious natural resource and a cost that impacts on all our pockets.

These are just a couple of examples of the benefits to all of us of recycling our empty printer cartridges and it really is simple – you just need a separate ‘recycling bin’ and a good local recycling company like Impact Inkjet & Toner Recycler to take care of the rest!

A good recycling company will make sure that cartridges are re-used when they can be and that those that can’t are safely broken down and the various component parts then recycled in their own right.

If everyone recycled their cartridges the collective impact on the environment and natural resources would be huge – so to return to the original question – is it worth recycling printer and inkjet cartridges?

We say yes and if you agree then let’s get started!


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