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