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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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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