Advantages of Recycled Printer Cartridges - By: Michael Richards

Materials that are used in the construction of toner or printer cartridges can be recycled. This allows the old cartridges used in laser printers to be remanufactured. There are many advantages to using a printer cartridge that has been recycled. If you are debating the use of recycled printer cartridges for your place of business, all the necessary information will need to be known. You are then able use this information and incorporate it into your decision making process.

Printer Cartridge Facts

Toner cartridges that are used with printers will typically weigh about 3 pounds. They are composed of 40 percent plastic and 40 percent metal. They contain smaller amounts of rubber, paper, foam and toner per cartridge. The plastic used in the construction of printer cartridges will take up to 1,000 years to fully decompose. However, nearly 97 percent of the components of a printer cartridge can be recycled to make new toner cartridges.

Resource Conservation

The use of a recycled or remanufactured printer cartridge will reduce pollution and waste that is sent to landfills. This is because the plastic, metal and rubber being discarded are minimized. Cartridge for your printer that is recycled will aid in the conservation of f virgin materials in the manufacturing process. A remanufactured printer cartridge will save between 5 and 9 lbs pounds of material.

Energy Savings

Three quarts of oil are used when a new single printer cartridge is manufactured. A printer cartridge can be recycled and reused up to four times. This is a potential savings of up to twelve quarts of oil when a single cartridge is remanufactured.

Saving Money

The cost of a recycled printer cartridge is between 30 percent and 60 percent less when a per copy basis is used. This means that the price paid for recycled printer cartridges will be nearly 1/3 less than buying new printer cartridges.

Job Creation

The reuse of printer cartridges will increase the need to expanding remanufacturing companies. This is done by purchasing printer cartridges that have been remanufactured and by continuing to recycle the cartridges for the printers at your business. When new jobs in this industry are created it can strengthen local economies where these businesses are located.

Cartridge Recycling Options

When installing a new printer cartridge have a look at the box for the product to see if there is instructions for the recycling of the old cartridge. Many manufacturers will provide instructions for recycling of an old printer cartridge. Another way that you can do this is to research recycling programs that are located in your area on the internet. The manufacturer of printer cartridges may accept the return of old cartridges that can be recycled or remanufactured.


Determining if an environmentally friendly product should be used at a business can be identified using two strategies. The first strategy is to include individuals that use equipment requiring printer cartridges in your decision making process. A second strategy is to have management be open to the use of printer cartridges that have been remanufactured.

Materials that are used in the construction of toner or printer cartridges can be recycled. This allows the old cartridges used in laser printers to be remanufactured.

Michael Richards is writing on behalf of Cartridge World, providers of recycled printer cartridges and toner cartridges.

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