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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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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