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A Cleaner, Greener Cartridge World

Almost all inkjet and laser cartridges can either be refilled or remanufactured.

Every year millions of empty printer cartridges are needlessly thrown away into our landfill sites.

Every aspect of our business operates in a manner that has a positive effect on the environment and recycling plays a key role in this process. Here are a few good reasons why it is so important to refill not landfill your empty printer cartridges:

  • In 2008, 1.9 billion printer cartridges weighing 450,000 tons were used worldwide.
  • If stacked end-to-end, all of the printer cartridges used in 2008 would measure 140,000 miles. That’s more than 5 and a half times around the world.
  • Laser printer cartridges account for over 90% of all throw-away cartridges.
  • Over 45 million cartridges go into UK landfill sites each year. (Source: UK Cartridge Remanufacture Association, 2006)
  • Each empty laser cartridge contributes about 2.5 pounds (0.48kg) in landfill waste. (Source: The Recycler, April, 24, 2007).
  • Each inkjet cartridge contributes about 1 ounce (0.012kg) in landfill waste. (Source: Clover Technologies Group – White Paper – Remanufacturing, The Best Solution for the Environment)
  • Each discarded laser cartridge adds approximately 2.5 pounds (0.48kg) of metal and plastic waste to our landfills. (Source: International Imaging Technology Council, October 2008),
  • Each cartridge can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. (Source: International Imaging Technology Council, October 2008),
  • The plastic in each new laser toner cartridge takes three and a half quarts (approx. 15.91 liters) of oil to produce while each new inkjet cartridge requires two and a half ounces (~ 70 ml) of oil. (Source: Recharger Magazine - no further info)
  • The remanufacturing process saves approx 2.5 kg of CO2 per cartridge compared to the production of a new cartridge. (Source: An independent study performed by Best Foot Forward and commissioned by the Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse, 2008.)