Planet-Friendly Printing: Why You Should Recycle Printer Cartridges

Printing is the backbone of many businesses and as such an important aspect of daily office life however, it is worth bearing in mind the impact it has on the environment.

Being green is a priority for any business these days, with people making a conscious effort to turn out the lights and recycle paper, plastic and cardboard. These are the simplest and most obvious ways of being green in the workplace, but what about the less apparent yet equally effective ways of keeping your office eco-friendly?

Recycling your printer ink cartridges is one of the best – and one of the most overlooked – ways to go about planet-friendly printing. Here at Prink, we understand the need to keep your office in constant supply which is why we provide a wide range of cheap printer cartridges for you to order as and when you need, in whatever quantity you require. The other side of this convenience is a corporate responsibility to the environment.

Being able to buy a large quantity of quality cartridges at the drop of the hat is all well and good, but what happens to all of the old used cartridges?

Well, too many of them end up in the bin and clogging up landfill sites, but some are recycled and reused to make new essential items with a reduced carbon footprint. In fact, if all printer cartridges were recycled we would see a big difference. You see, most of the components in printer cartridges are made from 100% recyclable materials and many are also 100% recoverable and reusable.

Read on to find out more about why you should recycle your printer cartridges.

What a waste

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It is estimated that eight cartridges are thrown away every second even though the average cartridge can be reused 4-6 times before it can then be recycled into a new product. If just four of these cartridges were recycled, you could make another 20 cartridges with 80% less energy.

With the four binned cartridges, you could cover Old Trafford stadium 119 times and power a top of the range television for 3,593,505 years.

350 million cartridges (70%) are thrown away every year and the UK alone is responsible for more than 55 million of these.

A long-lasting legacy

A single printer cartridge will take 1000 years to decompose because of certain elements, such as its aluminium content. So every time a cartridge is thrown in the bin or onto a landfill site, whole and un-recycled, it sticks around for a millennium.

There are more immediate concerns regarding printer cartridge waste and this is because putting printer cartridges on a landfill site can have detrimental effects on the environment. For example:

  • The plastics in a cartridge are non-biodegradable
  • The oils and chemicals used to produce cartridges will leak into the surrounding soil and water supplies
  • The leaking toxins and the smaller components can harm wildlife,
  • Any soil contaminated by the cartridges’ toxins will remain unproductive for thousands of years

A new lease of life

You can give your printer cartridges a new lease of life thanks to ethical recycling. Ethical recycling actually breaks up the printer cartridge into separate components which can be used in a variety of ways. Some of the ways a recycled printer cartridge can be reused and recycled include:

  •  Milk bottles and other similar products
  • Refrigerators and other white goods items
  • Cans and other forms of packaging
  • Environmentally-friendly furniture and household items

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This is just a quick look at why printer cartridges can be green and what happens when you don’t pay attention to your printing practices when trying to make your business eco-friendly.

So next time you get in touch with us to order another batch of cheap printer cartridges, think a little more about what you do with the used ones.