Facts about recycling ink cartridges.

  • Buying new ink cartridges cost a lot of money, and throwing them away when done is bad for the environment. Ink cartridges contain 3.5 oz of oil and can take up to 1,000 years to decompose.
  • Placing these items in a dumpster isn’t a wise move since they are not biodegradable.
  • Many home printers go through ink faster than some people read a book.
  • The price of replacing ink for a printer are so costly, one might as well buy a new printer after the third cartridge.
  • Recycling used printer ink is not only environmental friendly, but saves money and is easier than you think.
  • Many office supply stores recycle ink cartridges and offer their customers a place do drop off their used ink when they walk in the store.
  • Some stores even offer credit for returning used ink. These credits can be used to buy other items in the store, saving the customer money.
  • Another way to save is buying used ink cartridges; these are less expensive than new ink packages. Recycling means they were reused, no additional machines were needed to make them, so it’s good for the environment.

Stop throwing away ink and save the earth, and your wallet.

How to Recycle Ink Cartridges

Recycling ink cartridges for your own printers helps to save resources when you are using ink on a regular basis. When you want to save and reuse your ink cartridges you can do so with just a bit of preparation.

First, it is important to read all of the labels available printed on the box of your ink cartridge or on the cartridge itself. Many times, the ink cartridge itself will let you know how to recycle it while providing an address of where to send the cartridge. A lot of companies today are willing to provide postage in exchange for you recycling your ink cartridges rather than throwing them away and using up more of the Earth’s landfill.

If your ink cartridge manufacturer does not provide a recycling address to send your unused and old cartridges, you can look for help with recycling them by browsing online. Searching the internet is a way for you to compare various local recycling centres as well as stores and ink companies that collect unused ink cartridges to help you with recycling all that you have. Hosting events such as fundraisers or even donation drives can help you to collect even more ink cartridges to recycle.

The Importance of Recycling Ink Cartridges


Recycling your ink cartridge is good for you and good for the environment. Last year alone, studies show that only ten percent of ink cartridges are recycled. Most people just throw them away. This is bad for everyone. Over 300 million cartridges alone were discarded and not recycled last year. Something has to change. But it isn’t going the right direction.

In fact our landfills are getting fuller and fuller of these unwanted ink cartridges. And the problem is escalating quickly. Most every home and office now uses at least one printer. The problem is that the ink in these cartridges, if not recycled, are thrown away and spill over into the ground. This is bad for our soil and our entire environment.

The results of this can be extremely harmful and long lasting. That is why we must educate people and help them understand that these ink cartridges must be recycled. We need to make it easy for people to recycle these products and we need to make it wrong to throw them away. This can only happen when and if everyone gets on board and does their part. The financial and environmental benefits are positive and long lasting.

Difference Between OEM And Compatible Cartridges


Laser printers are among the most popular printers today. These printers cost much less to operate then the average printer. When choosing a OEM or compatible cartridge, it is best to know the differences.

The OEM cartridge is made by the actual manufacturer of the equipment. A re-manufactured cartridge is one that the manufacturer takes the OEM and takes it apart to replace nonworking parts. The compatible cartridges are from third party sellers. It is made with all new parts much like the OEM.

The OEM cartridge provides the highest quality in prints. They can be very high in cost. The re-manufactured or compatible cartridges are much lower in cost. The picture quality isn’t as high as with the OEM. A disadvantage of the compatible and re-manufactured cartridges is knowing that you will get good quality. It all on where and who you buy them from.

One must decide if he or she demands the highest in quality prints. If this is the case, the OEM is best. Compatible and re-manufactured cartridges are cheaper and more eco friendly. They will also fit within most budgets and still offer great results

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