There are so many reasons to recycle, most of which are ignored or completely disregarded by people. However, as the landfills grow more crowded and the condition of our planet deteriorates, the sad truth of it all will be painfully obvious- we could have prevented this. It is in our nature to be selfish creatures, and most people tend to find issues irrelevant that do not directly affect their daily lives. What people don’t realize is that the result of our ambivalence will be disaster, and when we finally acknowledge the truth, it will be too late.
Landfills are growing every year. The mountains of garbage are getting bigger and the pollution is corrupting the air. Over 375 million ink and toner cartridges are disposed of each year in the United States alone. This number is not only astonishing, but it is terrifying as well. If you lined up every single one of these wasted cartridges, such as HP 20 ink, in single-file, it could circle Earth over three times. It is estimated that up to 70% of all ink cartridges that are used once are not recycled.
Because cartridges are made with a material known as polymer, they can take anywhere from 450 – 1000 years to decompose. Canon BCI-3eBK ink can leak from the tanks and seep into the ground, creating potentially dangerous situations. About 97% of the materials that make up an ink or toner cartridge can be recycled and/or reused. They can also be rebuilt and refilled and then marketed as remanufactured. These kinds of ink and toner are available to the general public and can produce high quality at a discounted price.
Our taxes pay for landfills via waste management. The more they have to build, the more we will have to pay. Wouldn’t it make more sense to just send in your oldtoner and ink cartridges, such as Brother LC41M ink rather than cause yourself more financial struggle and slowly destroy the planet your grandchildren will inherit?