Printer Cartridge Recycling
With almost every house and office and also business having at least one printer, what is it that happens to all of your used cartridges? Well available to you are enough recycling stations around that recycling them is not the issue it once was.
Where should we start recycling?
You are probably asking what are we going to do with all of our used cartridges lying around the home or office? This is a very common question and we always encourage recycling rather than binning!
So below we have compiled some information and statistics about printer cartridges and also the many places you can take our old cartridges to recycle and do your bit for the environment. We are not all greenies, granted however it seems to just make sense that recycling items that can be recycled should be common practice there are both economical and environmental benefits to be had! Honestly speaking how hard is it really to take your cartridges to a recycle depot instead of just binning them?!
Cartridge Recycling Statistics
- 60%-80% of all printer cartridges go straight in the bin and end up as landfill.
- 350,000,000 printer cartridges Worldwide end up in landfill annually.
- These figures rise by 12% every year.
- 8 printer cartridges are thrown away every second Worldwide and end up as landfill.
The benefits of recycling cartridges
The following amounts of materials could be recovered if only 500,000 cartridges were to be recycled:
- 48,000 kg of aluminium
- 200 tons of plastic
- A saving of 2,400,000 kg of CO2 emissions
Recycling helps our planet
Printer Cartridges and computer hardware equipment are fast becoming one of the biggest contributors to landfill. Simply recycling our used cartridges and disposing of them responsibly via a recycle depot helps to reduce the landfill significantly.
How can you help?
There are a number of ways we can all contribute to reducing landfill that is directly correlated to cartridge disposal. The top solution is to start using re-manufactured toners and ink jet cartridges, or using generic cartridges that have been produced from recycled waste products.
One of the main reasons this would assist in reducing landfill is that by using re-manufactured cartridges you are cutting the landfill rate by 50% immediately. This is because the cartridge is essentially being used twice instead of once! Non genuine cartridges are also not in a high tech, overdone packaging with gold bands, glossy cardboard, which also helps to reduce the amount of waste. So next time you are about to throw your old printer cartridge in the bin remember that cartridge can potentially take up to 1,000 years to break down, so please take it to your local recycle depot and help towards saving the preservation of our planet.
- Eastside Co Collaborator