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Ink cartridge recycling has virtually become synonymous with successful sustainable development

Recycling Ink Cartridges / Why Not Just Toss Them in the Trash?

Inkjet cartridges are made out of plastic. Plastic is a petroleum-based product and takes about 1,000 years to decompose. Every year millions of these empty inkjet cartridges are thrown into the refuse bin.

These may end up in landfills or incinerators. An enormous amount of money is spent each year for landfill management because our landfills are filling up faster than ever.

Recycling used inkjet cartridges is easy and will be eminently beneficial to the environment. Recycling empty cartridges is also profitable in a financial sense. Recycling helps reduce the amount of solid waste generated and conserves raw materials.

The energy needed to produce a new product is several times the amount needed than reusing or recycling an old one. Recent studies show that only 20 to 40 percent of empty ink cartridges are recycled. This means that 60 to 80 percent will end up in landfills.

Recycling Ink Cartridges / Little-Known Facts

  • It takes three pounds of resources to make a new cartridge. This quantity of raw materials is what you save when you recycle one empty inkjet cartridge.
  • The average inkjet cartridge uses 3.5 oz. of oil in its production. Imagine this quantity saved a million times over.
  • It takes 1,000 years for a cartridge to decompose even more when it is inside a landfill. Each year 300 million of these cartridges are thrown away. This amounts to 75,000 tons of trash.
  • Remanufactured or recycled cartridges are just as good as new ones. When you buy recycled cartridges at a slightly cheaper price you are not sacrificing quality you are saving your money because money was saved by the companies remanufacturing this product.