Many businesses spend excessive amounts of money on their printing needs. Inkjet and laser printers both require regular maintenance and an expensive ink or toner cartridge. One great way to alleviate this cost is by recycling used cartridges. Not only is it a good way to spend less money on printers and printer related costs, it also helps the environment.
Since printer inks such as Canon ink can be incredibly expensive to produce, recycling is helpful in a few ways. When a cartridge is first crafted, it takes exponentially more energy and raw materials. Although this is necessary to get ink or toner to our printers, hundreds of millions of these cartridges are thrown away every year in America alone. By recycling just half of these, since not every type can be simply reused, the carbon footprint of printer use in the entire country would be substantially diminished. Even printer cartridges that cannot be directly reused still have usefulness. Since most printer cartridges, such as an HP CP1518NI toner cartridge, are made from the same materials, materials can be reused. So even if the cartridge itself is not usable, a large percentage of energy and raw materials will be saved in the production process.
Recycling is also not just a good deed; it can have substantial financial benefits as well. Since so many laser toner cartridges are produced and disposed of each year, there is a significant market in recycling printer parts and cartridges. A good place to start looking is the internet. Dozens of websites will pay top dollar for used or empty cartridges. It is always a good idea to shop around and see who will give the best deals, since there is usually a large gap in pricing. While one website may offer just a dollar or two, some other websites may offer up to twenty dollars for certain cartridges.
If no online option is reasonable or possible, most stores that sell printers offer options to recycle used printer parts. Although these usually do not provide reimbursement, certain stores may offer a rebate off the next printer related purchase. Even if no reimbursement is provided, it is still saving the world from wasting millions of dollars processing new printer inkjet cartridges and expending unsaid tons of raw materials. Whichever option is chosen, it is clear that the right choice is to recycle these reusable printer parts and save the environment while hopefully alleviating the cost of operating printers.