Toner Recycling Scheme
Recycle, Re-manufacture, Reuse
The cost of manufacturing
Sadly, most used cartridges currently end up in landfill, both in the U.K. and overseas, where it will take centuries for some parts to fully decompose. Worse than the environmental impact is the human cost. Many cartridges are incinerated or dissolved with hazardous chemicals to extract residual metals. These processes contaminate the local air, soil and groundwater.
During the production of a single, new laser toner approximately 3.4 litres of oil is burned and 100kg of CO2 is released into the atmosphere. These are just two of the many environmental costs of producing new cartridges.
Used cartridges can be recycled, re-manufactured and reused. Did you know that used toner cartridges are 97% recyclable? The typical used toner cartridge weighs about 1.4kg and is composed of 40% plastic, 40% metal and smaller percentages of rubber, paper, foam and toner.
The main reason to recycle, is because these cartridges can be easily re-manufactured for reuse. A re-manufactured cartridge is one which is cleaned and refilled with toner. This can then be reused like a new cartridge.
When you choose to use re-manufactured laser toner cartridges you reduce air pollution, greenhouse gases and you help to minimise the amount of material disposed of in landfills. You also help to conserve natural resources by eliminating the need for virgin materials to be sourced to produce new cartridges.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) encourages the recycling and reuse of your waste to minimise the harmful effect these products have on the environment.
It is all of our responsibility to recycle and reuse wherever possible to enable a safer environment for generations to come.