If you are looking to participate in a recycling program, then you will need to make sure your cartridges do not have any issues with its components. Many toner recycling programs will be picky about the cartridges that you send in, especially if the company is offering compensation for your goods. Unlike solid sticks of Xerox 8400 ink that cannot be recycled, Laserjet toner, or Lexmark toner cartridge could allow for a decent compensation, so it is a good idea for you to look into the various alternatives before you commit to any one company. Even though pricing differs per company, almost all companies will request that your cartridges meet a certain standard. Below is a list of items that companies typically inspect before determining your compensation level.
One important facet of your cartridge is the casing. It is important for there to be zero cracks, missing parts, non original screws, or clips. If your cartridge has any of the following issues, then you might have less compensation. It is also important to confirm that the shutters, sensor tabs, and pins are present and in place. These are all important components of the cartridge, so it will be one of the first items checked during an inspection. Some companies will prefer that you have the OEM brand cartridge and not a compatible cartridge. For example, if your printer is manufactured by Hewlett-Packard, then you should have a HP toner cartridge produced by HP. This does not apply to all companies, so this might not be a major factor. Make sure that no other components are missing from the cartridge, and you should be ready to send it out for recycling.
Most companies will be fairly relaxed in their inspection of the cartridge. In most situations, pricing will be extremely fair. If you have a cracked case but all of the other components are in perfect working condition, then you will receive less compensation, but luckily, the company will still be able to use most of your internal components. When these companies receive your cartridges, they dismantle them and remanufacture the cartridges into “like new” products. The cartridges are then resold at half the price of the OEM.
This is a great business strategy because it helps the environment and it helps the consumer save hundreds of dollars per year. If you are receiving fifty percent off on all of your toner cartridges, wouldn’t you consider that a bargain? Yes, you would.