Face it America: we have a garbage problem. We have grown accustomed to buying disposable goods and tossing them into landfills when we are finished with them, and it has been doing immeasurable harm to our planet. Even the technology sector is not immune and the issue of ink and toner cartridge recycling has grown almost as fast as the landfills have.
Did you know that the United States alone throws away over 300 million empty ink and toner cartridges each year? That’s more than a million a day, and enough cartridges to circle the entire globe multiple times! Each one of these empty toner cartridges is made from plastic and metal parts that can take roughly 1,000 years to finally break down and decompose. That means that the hundreds of millions of empty toner cartridges we throw into landfills each year very well might outlast our civilization.
We might not be able to save the planet all on our own, but there are plenty of small steps we can take to slow down and ultimately stop the damage. Choosing to use ink and toner cartridge recycling programs is one great first step, and one that carries plenty of advantages and incentives. Recycling your old cartridges is not just good for the environment, but it is also good for you and for your local economy.
Yeah, yeah, we’ve all heard that line before. Yet it is particularly true in this case: printer cartridges are made up of about 97% recyclable materials, and choosing to reuse the old materials is significantly cheaper than using virgin materials to build brand new cartridges. This drops the price that you pay in the store, saving you money. In fact, not only does using an ink and toner recycling program save you money, but many programs actually pay you for the cartridges. So remember, next time don’t throw out your printer cartridge, recycle it. It’s good for the environment, it’s good for the local economy, and it saves you money.