Top Reasons To Recycle Inkjet Cartridges

by Eli Fry - Date: 2007-08-03 - Word Count: 488 Share This!

Recycling empty inkjet cartridges is an easy way for anybody to help to reduce the impact on our landfills.

Here are 5 great reasons to recycle your empty inkjet cartridges.

To start with, almost 3 entire pounds of resources involved in production are saved when a cartridge is recycled.

Next, an average inkjet cartridge takes an average of 3.5 oz. of oil to be manufactured. This can really add up over time.

The third reason you should recycle or reuse your empty inkjet cartridges is to reduce the strain on local landfills. An inkjet cartridge does not biodegrade in a landfill, as other waste will over time. Once a cartridge is discarded, it will be there for several hundred years. Did you know that each year over 300 million printer cartridges are thrown away? This equates into about 75,000 tons of garbage. To give you an idea how much that is, that he is equal in late to nearly 30,000 full grown African elephants.

The forth reason is the buying remanufactured (recycled) inkjet cartridges continue money. Recycling your empty cartridges provides empty cores to cartridge remanufacturing companies that in turn, professionally refill and sell to users at a discounted price. Consumers will see the same reliability, performance and quality as using an original brand OEM cartridge but at a lower cost.

Lastly, recycling your empty inkjet cartridges is relatively easy. In fact, a lots of companies that offer remanufactured cartridges have their own recycling programs.

An easy method for printer owners to recycle inkjet cartridges is through the use of postage paid return envelopes that are sometimes included with an online inkjet cartridge purchase.

A return mailer (recycle envelope) is usually a self-sealing plastic bag that is pre-addressed to a recycling company. The consumer puts their empty inkjet cartridge into the bag, seals it, and drops it off at a post office or any mailbox. The postage is included, and the whole process takes just a few seconds.

If you are going to need more ink, a great way to recycle is through the use of an inkjet cartridge refilling service such as the Jetpak mailer program.

With the Jetpak mailer program, the customer purchases a special refilling service mailer in advance. When the customer runs out of ink, they place the empty cartridge into the postage paid mailing box and drop it in the mail. When the cartridge refilling company receives the empty cartridge, the refilling service cleans, inspects, and professionally refills the cartridges and mails it back to the customer.

In about one week the refilled cartridge is returned. This provides a big savings over buying a new cartridge and also lowers the strain on our landfills.

Why recycle? Why not recycle?

It reduces garbage, saves money, saves natural resources, and as the responsible thing to do.

Just because an empty inkjet cartridge is out of ink, doesn't mean it's broken.

It just means that its prime for recycling.

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