Did you know that e-waste such as office toner and ink cartridges contribute to 70% of the toxic waste added to the ecosystem each year? It’s a deadly problem destroying our environment. Many of us don’t even realize we are contributing to the problem with every page we print.
Luckily, there is a solution and it’s easier than you might think. Recycling toner cartridges can save both the environment and money for your business.
Below, we’ll look at what you can do with used toner cartridges. We’ll show you how to recycle used toner cartridges. Finally, we’ll explain why it is so important to recycle toner cartridges not only for the environment, but your business as well.
Simple Steps to Recycling Toner Cartridges
If you’re worried that recycling used toner cartridges is difficult or will add to your already busy day, then you’re in luck. It’s easier than you think. A little planning is all you need.
1. How to Refill Toner and Ink Cartridges
Your first option is to refill the toner and ink cartridges on your own. Many argue this will save more money. You can be sure the cartridge is filled to the top and there is no waste.
To start with, you’ll need to purchase a toner or ink refill kit at an office supply store. If there isn’t a local store, you can also go online for refill kit. Make sure to purchase the right kit for your printer.
When the toner cartridge is empty, you can fill it again using the refill hole or toner refill port. The refill kit should have directions for the process. When you are finished, reseal the toner cartridge and clean the refill kit or syringe after use.
Make sure you wear rubber gloves to prevent toner from getting on your hands. Also keep in mind that toner and ink cartridges can only be refilled two or three times without going to a factory for refurbishment.
Once you’ve refilled the cartridge three times, don’t throw it away. The cartridge should still be recycled to prevent it from adding to the toxic e-waste.
2. How to Recycle Used Toner Cartridges
There are plenty of programs out there ready and willing to recycle toner cartridges and keep them from entering the ecosystem. Start by asking your supplier about any programs they already have in place. If they don’t have a program, check at your local office supply store to see if they can help.
Also check online for environmental programs that can reduce waste with toner cartridge recycling. With these programs, you can typically download a shipping label and send collected used ink and toner cartridges to a recycling center.
Keep in mind, you should save on shipping costs and reduce your carbon footprint by sending multiple ink cartridges back at once. We suggest sending at least four in a shipment. Use a log to track cartridges and prevent them from accidentally being thrown away.
Many programs will offer credit for your used toner cartridges, or you can donate proceeds to a charity or cause. This is a great way to not only save the environment and reduce waste, but also save money and support a worthy cause.
3. How to Reduce Printing Needs in the Office
Lowering your carbon footprint and environmental impact with toner cartridge recycling is great, but reducing your printing needs and cutting back on paper use is even better. Technology makes it easier than ever to limit paper in the office.
Look at your current printing needs to identify ways you can cut back on printing. Using both sides of a sheet before recycling is a simple step anyone can take. Storing files as PDFs rather than a paper document is not only environmentally friendly, but also more efficient.
By creating processes that cut back on paper and printing, your company can reduce its overall carbon footprint. Plus, cutting back on printing makes business sense.
Recycling Toner Cartridges and Saving the Planet
Printing and toner cartridges have more of an impact on our world than you might think.
The chemicals in ink are damaging not only to the environment, but people as well. The dyes and chemical ingredients are toxic, containing materials like sulphur, acids like EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), and contaminants like ethylene glycol. In addition, every inkjet manufactured requires three or more ounces of oil.
Taking steps to reduce the need for printing, and using remanufactured toner cartridges will not only reduce operating expenditures but help save our environment.
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