At the moment, the recycling of glass, paper and plastic is a fairly common practice across the UK but when your printer runs out of ink, you may not give a second’s thought to throwing away the cartridge. Perhaps you might think twice if you knew that the toner cartridges you don’t recycle will take around one thousand years to decompose in your local landfill? This equates to 12.5 times the average human lifespan.
Believe it or not, toner is actually a dangerous waste if it ends up on a landfill and is very bad for the environment. The cartridges are composed of a complex mixture of materials, including plastics, metals, ink, foam and toner. Over six pints of oil are used in the manufacture of each new laser cartridge and three ounces are used in the manufacture of inkjet cartridges. This is a significant waste of a natural resource.
By throwing cartridges away rather than recycling them, you are contributing to the rising problem of electronic waste which harms animals and their habitats, contaminates water and poisons surrounding soils.
Recycling printer cartridges is not only much better for the environment (since they can be refilled an average of 5-7 times) but also beneficial to you, since remanufactured cartridges cost as little as 10% of the original cost, despite being exactly the same quality.
Below are some more great reasons to recycle your toner cartridges:
- It saves energy
- It protects our natural resources such as oil, timber and minerals
- It decreases air and water pollution
- It reduces greenhouse gas emissions which influence global climate change
If your business is keen to promote an environmentally friendly office, it is extremely important that you incorporate the recycling of toner cartridges into your own policies to help sustain the environment for generations to come.
Mode has a very clear policy on toner recycling for our clients. To find out more visit www.modeprintsolutions.co.uk/green/toner-re-cycling or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You probably don’t realise how much your business relies on its printer. Typically, the most ideal choice in printer for an office is a multifunctional model that offers various capabilities such as printing, scanning, photocopying and faxing.
By grasping an understanding of the benefits of owning this type of printer, you will be able to make an informed decision when upgrading your equipment. Below are four advantages to an all in one printer.
- Limits Waste
With an all-in-one system, you reduce your carbon footprint by having less disposables and recyclables (i.e. ink cartridges). Buying only one type of toner for one brand of equipment will also reduce your overall costs.
- Saves Space
Many small companies do not have the required space for several bulky pieces of equipment, each dedicated to a different task. Having one multifunctional device (MFD) will save a substantial amount of space, which is ideal for home offices where space is often limited. This will free up some room for other necessary equipment or furniture.
- Saves Money
Buying one machine is significantly more affordable than buying three or four individual machines. It is also cheaper to power, maintain and clean only one piece of equipment, so you will most definitely notice considerable savings.
- Saves Time
An all-in-one system conveniently removes the need to walk from one device to another; you can get all your jobs done at one device. If you have space for more than one multifunction printer, your staff members won’t have to waste time queuing, like they would if you only had one of each device. An all-in-one system will also decrease your maintenance time so that you can focus on more important business tasks.
All-in-one printers have certainly improved in quality in recent years, offering several important benefits. But before purchasing a new printer, the best thing to do is to assess your requirements and discover what’s the best option for you and your business.
There are plenty of simple ways to make your office more environmentally friendly without spending a fortune on state-of-the-art technology or affecting business practices. An ideal place to start is by measuring the carbon footprint to determine what areas you can improve.
By reducing your office’s carbon footprint, you will detect some immediate benefits. Most noticeably, tougher management of office equipment will result in obvious cost savings, without affecting the performance of the business. Below are some easy yet effective ways to change the printing habits in your office, consequently improving the carbon footprint.
Combine Your Equipment
Rather than having individual machines for printing, scanning, faxing and photocopying, you should upgrade to a multifunction printer that can carry out all of these tasks in one. As well as reducing your carbon footprint and using less energy, you will also free up some space for other equipment or furniture.
An easy way to reduce the carbon footprint within an office environment is to instigate some printing rules that the entire workforce must follow. For example, employees should be limited to what they can and can’t print. You could even incorporate pop-up warnings to alert users of the printing rules and the impact their printing is having on the environment. However, in order for your new rules to work, all members of staff must abide to them, including the managers and executives.
Follow Me Printing
Follow me printing is a great way to limit the number of abandoned print jobs that are often thrown away. The simple process starts with the user activating the print job as usual from their workstation. Rather than printing immediately, the print job must be executed using a method of authentication once the user reaches the printer. This could be an ID badge, for example.
Provide Digital Copies
By printing hardcopies of everything, you are often wasting ink, paper and energy. A lot of the time the document only gets thrown on top of a pile of paperwork anyway. Instead, you should scan your documents so that they become digital copies and aim to distribute them via email wherever possible. Scanning documents is a great way to limit your paper use, which will reduce your carbon footprint and your overall costs.
When starting up a company, it’s easy for entrepreneurs to forget that every once in a while the office will need a spring clean and equipment will need to be upgraded and replaced. You may not always see the benefit in upgrading your printer, particularly if you don’t use it very often, however, just like computers, printers do age and their performance may gradually diminish over time. Here are some indicators that the time has come for you to upgrade your printer:
Problems with Performance
If your print jobs are taking what feels like an eternity to process, your prints aren’t matching the screen or you’re experiencing recurrent paper jams, then it’s most certainly time for an upgrade. Although each of these issues may have an underlying cause that you can easily fix, persistent problems with performance suggest your printer is getting old or hasn’t been properly cared for and it will have to be replaced. Mode have recognised this in many new customers who have been regularly let down by their current supplier.
You’ve Hired More Staff
As your business grows so does your workforce and the more people using your printer, the more wear and tear it will experience. There are models available that include special features which are designed to enhance your productivity.
No Multifunction or Wireless Connectivity
The majority of printers manufactured over the past 5-10 years are multifunction, meaning the one device can print, scan, fax and photocopy. They also tend to have a wireless connectivity feature, which allows people to connect their smartphones, tablets and laptops without plugging it in. The popularity of these types of printers has caused the price to drop so that they are more affordable for the average person. If your printer doesn’t have multifunction or wireless connectivity, you should consider upgrading.
So, even if you’re printer isn’t very old, you may have an out-dated model that lacks the must-have features of its modern counterparts. By improving the printing experience in your office, you can expect a more optimised workspace with enhanced performance that supports the growth of your business.