In the world today, fear of a global meltdown are growing and spreading. It has become painfully real that the simple, every day choices people make are having an increasingly devastating effect on the planet. It seems standard for individuals to believe their effort will not be enough to fix an enormous problem, but if every person who thought that made that effort anyway, a change would happen. There are many ways to make a difference, some easy and some extreme.
For those of you that are not environmental enthusiasts, a simple way to start helping would be to recycle household items such as cans and plastic bottles, or office consumables, such as printer toner cartridges. As it is now, millions of cartridges are thrown in the garbage after a single use and take up an immense amount of space in the landfills. Because they take nearly 1,000 years to decompose, the materials within, such as plastic, oil and toner powder, will eventually leak out and find a permanent home within the Earth’s soil.
In addition to the harm these cartridges can and will cause to the environment, the money that could be saved by recycling them could be very beneficial. Companies produce remanufactured toner cartridges, meaning they repair and refill previously used cartridges to provide consumers with a product that costs considerably less than brand new and delivers the same quality and reliability.
Most offices supplies stores, manufacturers and third party companies offer recycling programs that make the process as simple as it can be. Instead of throwing the cartridges in the garbage, you put them in a box and send them in or drop them off at a facility that will refurbish them. Even when these cartridges have been used multiple times, and wear and tear has made them unusable in printing machines, the plastic can be melted down and used for something else. Melted toner cartridges have been used to make useful things like park benches.