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Environmental Bonus of Refilling Ink and Toner Cartridges
Many people think that reusing printer and toner ink cartridges with refilled ink is purely about saving money. There is also another reason to consider using ink refill kits. Ink and toner cartridges are made from oil and plastic; the more you use refill kits, the less new cartridges you will need to buy.
Printer ink and toner cartridges are filling our landfills with leaking toxic inks and chemicals. This is the hard reality of simply buying a new ink or toner cartridges rather than looking at the recycling option. There are instances where buying a new printer cartridge is the correct choice but failing to use the many refills your cartridge can have is bad for not only your pocket book but the planets future as well.
Also consider where the used up ink and toner cartridges go. If you chose to use refilled cartridges you help save millions of empty cartridges from filling up landfills. And these days, anything we can do to help the evironment should not be overlooked. The fact that it saves you money to do this is just a happy bonus.
Many programs have been implemented in the United States and Europe to encourage the recycling of ink cartridges. New York has implemented a recycling law for businesses and consumers regarding toner and ink cartridges. In California the Public Contract Code (PCC) section 12156 encourages businesses to purchase recycled ink and toner cartridges.
The list below outlines a few facts about toner/ink cartridges and the impact they have on the environment.
- GHGs (green house gases) emissions from manufacturing a single mono toner cartridge have been calculated to approximately 4.8 Kg CO2; per cartridge.
- Each year over 350 million cartridges are thrown out to landfills.
- By 2012 500 million laser cartridges and 1.8 Billion ink cartridges will be dumped in landfills.
- Each cartridge becomes 3.5 pounds of solid waste sitting in a landfill and can take up to 450 to 1000 years to decompose.