What are the benefits of recycling toner cartridges?
Printer supply recycling is not only good for the environment, it also saves you money. It makes perfect business sense to exchange your printer supplies for money by recycling used printer supplies like toner cartridges, ink cartridges and waste paper. And in the long run it helps the environment too by reducing the amount of non-biodegradable plastic in land fills. Many manufacturers of printer supplies will now provide you with with pre-paid labels and packaging for you to send them back various printer supplies like empty printer cartridges.
This recycling of toner cartridges and other printer supplies also helps the original manufacturers of the supplies. They will accept used printing supplies, for example printer cartridges, remanufacture them to original factory specifications refill them with compatible ink, test them and then re-sell them at a lower cost. These remanufactured printer supplies also come with factory warranty to ease the worries of the consumers. An interesting fact about remanufactured printer cartridges is that they have a higher yield/capacity then the original cartridges!
As far as printing supplies go, an estimated 375,000,000 printer cartridges alone are thrown away each year. This amounts to a huge reduction in the solid waste quantities if these were to be recycled and remanufactured.
Many large companies like HP, Xerox and Lexmark have realized the importance of recycling and have huge recycling programs in place to take care of used printer supplies. These companies offer incentives and discounts on their remanufactured printer supplies to encourage the consumers to recycle and return their used printer supplies. printer supplies that cannot be remanufactured are safely incinerated or converted to other useful commodities like energy (electricity).