Recycling has become an important task the people of this world need to embrace. Before we know it, recycling will be as vital as breathing. People are failing to realize the negative effects waste has on the Earth, and most probably won’t get it until it is too late. But that seems to be how we roll in this life, isn’t it? We don’t address the problem until it becomes a disaster.
It is believed that 1/3 of all of the worlds waste is recycled, which of course is an improvement from past years, but also still proves that we have a long way to go. Last year, approximately 254 million tons of garbage was collected and of that, only 85 million was recycled or composted, few that were HP 98 ink or toner cartridges. The United States alone has tripled over the last 50 years in garbage accumulated. If Americans continue to be wasteful at that growing rate, by 2060 we will be producing about 1 billion tons of trash yearly.
Not only are the landfills overflowing and running out of room to add more waste, but states are running out of room to put more landfills. In a few generations, our children and grandchildren may literally be surrounded by garbage. Our empty cartridges of today may be their neighbor tomorrow. There are large masses of plastic in the ocean that are the size of countries. From outer space, they look like islands. The currents and tides have gathered millions of garbage articles, mostly plastic, including Brother LC51C ink cartridges, and the suns heat has molded them together.
Ink and Brother TN650 toner cartridges are made out of plastic, and fall into the same category as water bottles, though are not found as frequently in the ocean. Plastics will not decompose for an indefinite amount of time, and during the time they lay useless in landfills, they emit methane. Too much methane causes the green house effect, which ultimately is the root of global warming. So next time your printer runs out of ink or toner, think about the future of this planet and your family tree before just throwing away the plastic Canon BCI-10 ink cartridge.