Wake up, people! Recycling toner cartridges can save our planet! Mother Earth needs us!
Recycling isn’t new. Truth be told, recycling has been around for centuries. One of the first examples of recycling dates back 100 years, prior to The Revolutionary War.
Recycling efforts evolved over the years. We’re finally learning the true environmental cost of electronic waste. Recycling items such as glass, paper, and plastic is straightforward and mandatory in many states. Failure to do so results in fines. Today, one of the greatest hazards we face is the convenience of simply tossing our old printer cartridges in the trash.
Cartridges A Culprit
Cartridges are made of a complex blend of plastics, metals, foam, ink, and toner. As a result, these components cannot be easily be separated, and are not suited for general collection programs. However, many unused toner cartridges can be sold for cash.
More than 375 million printer cartridges are thrown away each year. It’s tragic, considering a single cartridge takes a hundred years or more to fully break down. Keeping cartridges out of land fills is essential. Electronic waste is the fastest growing type of waste, and one of the most toxic.
Fortunately, nearly 100% of the materials in printer cartridges can be recycled. By doing so, airborne pollutants are greatly reduced. Furthermore, nearly one gallon of oil is used to make a new printer cartridge. Therefore, by recycling toner cartridges we are also saving millions of gallons of oil.
Making The Change
Recycling begins at home … and the office. Many companies have made big strides in recycling. This begins by promoting the benefits of recycling toner cartridges. It continues in our homes and workplaces, where we can all take steps to reduce electronic waste.
Since recycled cartridges cost less to make, they also have a lower price. The bottom line is a win-win for all!