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Recycling Ink Cartridges

Did you know that every year over 375 million ink and toner cartridges are thrown away and that most end up in incinerators or landfills? That breaks down to 1 million cartridges per day! To get a visual of what that would look like, go into space and imagine 375 million ink cartridges all lined up on the face of the earth. They would circle it three times, creating three distinct lines.

Unfortunately, 50% of all used toner cartridges and 70% of all ink cartridges COULD be recycled but aren’t.

It takes between 450 to 1000 years for the polymer used in ink cartridges to decompose. And all of that residual ink and toner inside those cartridges leak out into the environment. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified carbon black toner as being carcinogenic, so it’s hardly something that should end up in trash bags and then landfills. Just imagine what that does to wildlife.

And did you know that it requires more than three quarts of oil to produce each and every laser cartridge, and three ounces of oil are necessary to produce every ink cartridge? In only seven months, it is estimated that over 11 million gallons of oil can be saved by recycling ink cartridges.

Bottom line is that we need to be recycling our ink cartridges. Although the refill life of most cartridges is between 5 and 7 times, some cartridges can be refilled and reused up to 15 times! Besides that, up to 97% of the materials that are used in the making of printer cartridges can be recycled or reused.

It’s time to get the word out about recycling printer cartridges. People need to become aware of the destruction that our waste produces.

Spread the word!


Content Source: Agreenerrefill.com/The-Benefits-of-Recycling