Why we should recycle & use recycled printer cartridges, inkjets & toners

by Postpack Ltd - Date: 2007-06-16 - Word Count: 509 Share This!

Did you know that at home & at work, each year over 65 million inkjet printer cartridges & toners are unnecessarily thrown away when they run out of ink? Recycling these ink cartridges, inkjets & toners will help to protect the environment, subsequently saving energy & safeguarding the health of future generations.

When we throw these printer cartridges, inkjets & toners away few of us consider where they will end up. Many are ultimately put into land fill sites which are already seriously overburdened. These sites contain an ever-increasing amount of non-biodegradable material that can take well over 1,000 years to break down.
By recycling these ink cartridges, inkjets & toners we relieve the burden on these landfills.

Printer cartridges, inkjets & toners which are not put into landfill or recycled are otherwise often incinerated. This process releases harmful poisonous toxins and gasses into the atmosphere thereby contributing further to the destruction of the ozone layer and the greenhouse effect.

Millions of new printer cartridges, inkjets & toners are produced every day. On average each new one requires nearly 3 litres of oil to manufacturer further increasing the massive drain to our otherwise fragile resources.

A recycled printer, inkjet or toner cartridge is comprehensively cleaned, conditioned and refilled for use again and in virtually all cases will produce as good a result as an original.

Not only will a recycled printer, inkjet or toner cartridge perform every bit as well as an original equipment manufacturers printer, inkjet or toner cartridge but the financial savings can be huge and up to 80% savings can be achieved!

But why do recycled printer cartridges, inkjets & toners cost so much less? No one seems to completely know this answer but we can suppose that like a lot of other companies, printer manufacturers make their money from consumables. Consider the scenario when a printer is purchased. More money tends to be spent on consumables in the first few months than on the initial cost of the printer! An excellent example of this is Lexmark where their printers sell for next to nothing but their original printer cartridges, inkjets & toners are expensive.

Furthermore, in many cases recycled printer cartridges, inkjets & toners last longer than originals as some manufacturers have been known as standard practice to deliberately partially fill their cartridges particularly those cartridges, inkjets & toners included with the new printer!

Don't let printer manufacturers put you off using recycled printer cartridges, inkjets & toners by attempting to intimidate or scare you with an "invalid warranty" claim. Printer manufacturers have been contacted by the office of fair trading who have made it clear that printer warranties should not be affected just because the customer chooses to use a recycled printer cartridge, inkjet & toner and that to do so will be deemed unfair.

So there you have it. Some excellent reasons to recycle and use recycled printer cartridges, inkjets & toners.

Mark Reid works for Postpack Ltd, an online distributor of packaging materials & office consumables throughout the UK, Ireland & Europe. They offer quantity discounts & free next day delivery for orders over £100. Click here to order recycled printer cartridges, inkjets & toners at great prices

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