7 more funny printer pictures

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on February 11, 2014 under Printers and Ink | Be the First to Comment

We had such a laugh at the last lot of funny printer pictures that we shared. Here are some more.















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Should I buy a laser printer?

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on February 6, 2014 under Printers and Ink | Be the First to Comment

brotherlaserprinterToner and ink cartridges are the two main types of printer cartridge, which are used in homes and office all over the world.  But not everyone is sure whether it is best to buy a laser printer or an inkjet printer.  One of the main factors in the buying decision is the amount of printing that you do.

Most homes have an inkjet printer which takes standard ink cartridges.  These usually print anything between 100 and 1000 pages per ink cartridge (depending on the type).  To get more pages, you should always look for the high capacity inks.  These are recognisable by the cartridge code. For example HP cartridges usually have an XL code at the end, or they may have an A (such as C6656AE (high capacity) vs C6656GE (low capacity).  It can be confusing so if in doubt always do some research to see how many pages you are getting.

In contrast to inkjets, laser toner cartridges can print anything from around two thousand to forty thousand pages.  Most small laser printers are a similar size to inkjet printers and will fit comfortably on a home or office desk.  The price of laser printers has come right down and you can pick up a decent machine for less than a hundred pounds, so if you are doing a fair amount of printing at home then it may be worth investing in a laser printer.

Often, college students and small business people like to have a mono laser printer at home to print out text documents, but also have a colour inkjet for printing that requires colour. The other added benefit is that toner printing is dry immediately so there is no risk of unprofessional looking smudges.

Large companies, schools, government offices etc. usually invest in a floor standing printer which uses huge toners that can produce around forty thousand pages.  These are expensive to buy, but benefit from economies of scale as the price per page comes down even more.

So there you have it, whether you are a home user, small office or large multination company, a laser printers could save you money and help you better organise your print work.

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2 simple ways to reduce print costs – it’s not rocket science!

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on February 4, 2014 under Printers and Ink | Be the First to Comment

 2 simple ways to reduce print costs – it’s not rocket science!

Print in black, not grayscale. Did you know that greyscale printing actually uses the colour cartridge to print in many different shades of grey? If you want to reduce the amount of colour printing you do then choose black and white, not grayscale.

Do you really need to print this? Not every email, memo, report, list etc. needs printing. A good online filing system such as Evernote makes virtual documents portable and accessible anywhere, without the need to print them. If it’s a document that requires a signature, then why not add a stylus pad to your laptop or use its touch-screen capabilities?

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Recycled Toner Cartridges are the environmentally friendly alternative to OEM

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on January 31, 2014 under Toner Cartridge Recycling | Be the First to Comment

Toner Cartridges must take their share of the blame for damage to the planet. The plastic packaging will not bio-degrade, so it can remain in landfill for literally thousands years. Volatile organic compounds from both the ink and the package seep into the earth and contaminate ground water. You can make a difference and reduce the number of ink and toner cartridges that are put back into the ground when you recycle your toner cartridges,

Remanufacturers restore your recycled cartridges to original equipment manufacturers’ specifications, complying with rigorous quality and safety standards established by the International Standards Organization. When you buy a remanufactured printer cartridge, you save approximately 50%, and still get the same high-quality, high-performance ink that comes with an OEM cartridge.

So, save money and help the planet buy choosing to buy remanufactured ink, and then recycle toner cartridges when you’ve finished with it.

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Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett – How a magical friendship created HP

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on under Printers and Ink | Be the First to Comment

hewlettpackardThe Hewlett Packard (HP) company are a major company, ranking number 438 on the Forbes Global 2000 largest companies in the world. HP produce everything from toner cartridges to laptops.  However, they have not always been directly involved in the computer hardware business.  The HP company was formed by Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett in 1939, at the end of the great depression and at the outbreak of World War II in Europe.  Hewlett and Packard had studied together at university and found themselves working together on various university funded projects as part of their fellowship to the University of Stanford’s electrical engineering research department.  Hewlett and Packard both had Masters Degrees in Electronics so they shared a common interest and a desire to go into business. The two young entrepreneurs talked about this for a couple of years before finally deciding to start a new venture.  Eventually, David and William decided to use Hewlett’s garage as the headquarters of their new business.

The first problem Hewlett and Packard had to deal with was what to call the company.   To settle the issue of who would get the Kudos of having one’s name first on the company letterhead, it was decided that Hewlett and Packard would toss a coin to decide whose name would be first.  Packard won, but made the magnanimous gesture of allowing Hewlett the honour of having his name first – and so, the Hewlett Packard Company was born.

The first decade or so of the Hewlett Packard was spent working on projects to support the American war effort.  The R&D department of Hewlett Packard was kept busy with investigating ways to incorporate radar and sonar into electrical devices designed to track enemy planes and ships.  However, military equipment was not the only thing that HP worked on during those early years.  Disney needed a piece of sound equipment which HP was able to supply. Eventually the HP Company began to grow into a formidable organisation which could supply public organisations and major businesses.  This was also the beginning of a life-long friendship, which spanned over fifty years until David Packard passed away at the age of 83.

The HP company will be remembered in the annuls of history for being an innovative organisation that owes much to the endeavour of its founders William Hewlett and David Packard.

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How can you use a Xerox toner in an HP machine?

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on January 28, 2014 under Printers and Ink | Be the First to Comment

xeroxcompatibleIf you want the cost savings of a compatible toner with the reliability and reassurance of a big-name brand, then the Xerox compatible range could be for you!

Named the “Responsible” range, Xerox’s range of remanufactured toners are available for many popular manufacturers such as HP, Brother, Canon, Epson, Panasonic, IBM, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Lexmark and Oki. The cost savings are up to 50% compared to OEM prices and each cartridge comes with a two year manufacturer’s guarantee.

So, if you want a toner that is 90% recycled, costs less than an original cartridge, but want a brand name to inspire confidence, why not try the Xerox Responsible range for your printer.

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How to spot a counterfeit toner cartridge

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on January 27, 2014 under Printers and Ink, Toner Cartridge Recycling | Be the First to Comment

tonerThere are some unscrupulous companies and individuals out there who will try to pass off a recycled toner as an original (OEM) toner. Now, there’s nothing wrong with recycled cartridges, but if you think you’re buying an original (and, presumably, paying OEM prices) cartridges then that is what you expect to get. So, here are a few tips to make sure that you’re buying original.

  1. Quantity. If you’re being offered a lot of genuine toners for a snip of a price the ask yourself, is this too good to be true? The odd toner or two comes around as surplus stock etc, but not in any great quantity. So, if someone is selling hundreds then it is probably a batch of counterfeits.
  2. Cartridge casing. OEM cartridges are made from new, so there should be no marks or scrapes on the cartridge case.
  3. Chip. Check the ship. Does it look like the original chip? Is it the same colour?
  4. Packaging. Look closely at the packaging. Check the print quality and bar codes. Check the underside of the box. Does it all match up with what you’ve seen before.In order to do the above, be prepared. Take a bona fide OEM cartridge with you that you can use for comparison.

So, don’t get ripped off. Be alert and use the above guide to make sure you’re getting what you’ve paid for.


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The Environmental Impact of Toner Cartridges

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on January 23, 2014 under Toner Cartridge Recycling | Be the First to Comment

Cartridges that are not returned via an ink recycling scheme can end up being exported to places like Guiyu in China.  China imports millions of tonnes of waste printer cartridges each year. These empty cartridges can end up on landfill sites or waste dumps and only ink recycling can prevent this.  According to research by the Basal Action Network, this small town was once a rural farming community but a lack of ink recycling facilities in the west means that pollution caused by the cartridges which end up on dumps has transformed the landscape in to a barren wasteland where the local people are forced to scavenge to make a living.  The people of this village are not ink recycling, they are scavenging for toner cartridges that they will then break down to extract the pigment from the toner.

The pigment is known as Carbon Black and is a hazardous substance. During the ink recycling process, this substance is disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner, however, when the people of Guiyu are collecting the toner, they are breathing in the toxins and the toner is in contact with their bare skin.  Aside from the respiratory problems that can be caused by inhalation of the toxic Carbon Black, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is a part of the World Health Organization, has identified Carbon Black as a carcinogenic.  A carcinogenic is a substance that can cause or create cancer so it is vital that we stop the dumping of empty cartridges through our ink recycling initiatives.

You can start your own recycling programme with us here.

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How to Recycle Your Toner Cartridges

Posted by Adrian Tolhurst on January 22, 2014 under Toner Cartridge Recycling | Be the First to Comment

Following on from my last post on the drive by UK councils to promote recycling and reuse, I noticed on Ricoh’s website the statistic  that:

Only about 15% of the 65 million printer ink and toner cartridges used in the U.K. are recycled. The majority end up in landfill, where it can take more than a thousand years for them to break down.

recycleThis is a truly shocking statistic, especially when considering that there are many schemes that provide free collection for recycling empty toner cartridges. So why do so few people recycle their toners? Well, there are possibly a few reasons.

  1. Not all companies will take back every toner, this means that people have to sort through them. The thought of getting covered in toner can be a deterrent.
  2. People are unaware of potential schemes available to them.
  3. Not all schemes are equal. People may have experienced hassle or problems when recycling in the past, which deters them from recycling.
  4. People can’t be bothered.

So, there seems to be a variety of reasons that deter people from recycling. At Toner Cartridge recycling we have three promises.

  1. You won’t have to spend a lot of time separating toners.
  2. You will receive professional and friendly service.
  3. We will always pay you on time.

All you have to do is:

  • Save them
  • Pack them up
  • Call us
    …and we’ll do all the work!

You can find out more about our recycling service here.

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Government urges people to recycle toner cartridges

Posted by tonercartridgerecycling on January 21, 2014 under Toner Cartridge Recycling | Be the First to Comment

recyclingAccording to Remanufacturing News, Fifty five percent of people surveyed by the Local Government Association had binned something that they thought could be recycled.

Even though many councils offer recycling schemes for domestic waste and companies like Toner Cartridge Recycling offer free collections of toner cartridges from business, there is still room for improvement.

Councillor Mike Jones, of the Local Government Association’s environment and housing board, said

“The onus is on businesses, councils, and households to work together to make reuse of resources easier”.

If every business recycled one extra toner cartridge a month, it would save 117 million litres of crude oil every year



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