Recycle Used Printer Cartridges at Mr. Cartridge
Save the Planet and SAVE money!
Used printer cartridges are given a second life at Mr. Cartridge.
We reuse or properly recycle used toner and ink cartridges.
If for some reason the cartridge is damaged or unusable, it should be properly recycled, not sent to the landfill.
Drop your used inkjet or laser toner cartridges off at Mr. Cartridge. If we can’t give the cartridge a second life — some are simply worn out! — we’ll properly recycle it.
Each year in North America, over 40,000 metric tons of plastic and metal is saved as a result of cartridge recycling.
For every 100,000 used cartridges recycled, we can save:
9599 kilograms of aluminum
40 metric tons of plastic
1,000,000 liters of oil
Printer cartridge recycling has virtually become synonymous with successful sustainable development and responsible business practices.
Here’s a great site from the Recycling Council of BC with information on where to recycle any item or material in B.C.
Initially, we became aware of environmentally-friendly practices for small business initially through our own business.
As we provided, supplied and serviced our customers’ office equipment — inkjet and laser printers, copiers and fax machines — we realized that there was a considerable amount of needless waste involved. Literally thousands of perfectly recyclable cartridges, for example, were simply thrown out because no one offered a simple way to recycle and reuse them.
It’s estimated that 375 MILLION used ink and toner cartridges end up in U.S. landfills every year. That’s only in the U.S.! We can find stats for Canada, but you can bet that it’s comparable.
Because we are in the business of refilling and reusing ink and toner cartridges, we realized what an utter waste this is. There is absolutely no reason to just discard a used printer cartridge. They are 100% recyclable and can either be refilled or at least renovated for reuse.
And there is no reason you can’t have as good performance or better from a refilled or remanufactured printer cartridge.
A single ink cartridge consumes about a gallon of oil to produce.
From the US Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program information:
By using remanufactured toner cartridges in printers and switching to a toner system for the fax machine, Applied Specialties, Inc. in Ohio saved $600 and eliminated 260 pounds of waste. E-mail and double-sided copies also saved the company $320 and decreased paper waste by 500 pounds.
Many programs have been implemented in the United States and Europe to encourage the recycling of ink cartridges. New York has a recycling law for businesses and consumers regarding toner and ink cartridges. In California the Public Contract Code (PCC) section 12156 encourages businesses to purchase recycled ink and toner cartridges.
Here are few facts about toner and ink cartridges and the impact they have on the environment.
Green House Gases emissions from manufacturing a single mono toner cartridge have been calculated to be approximately 4.8 kg CO2; per cartridge. This is for the cartridge only and excludes the toner inside. The Life Cycle Assessment of toner reveals that the GHG emissions are approximately 16 metric tons per 1 metric ton toner produced. On average a cartridge with a yield of 5000 pages contains 200 grams toner. This equals 3.2 kg CO2 emission per cartridge.
- Each year over 350 million cartridges are disposed of in landfills.
Almost all printer cartridges can either be refilled or remanufactured. Using refilled or remanufactured cartridges can reduce your running costs and help the environment by reducing the number of cartridges that go to landfill – every year millions of empty printer cartridges are needlessly thrown away.
- Here are a few good reasons why it is so important to “refill and re-use” rather than disposing of your cartridge:
Over 45 million cartridges go into landfill sites each year.
Each cartridge thrown into landfill can take up to 1000 years to decompose.
In just 12 months, cartridge recycling could save 15 million litres of oil.
* Source: Wikipedia article on cartridges
Green Office Tips
Studies show that 70% of office waste is recyclable but only 8% is actually recycled.
Use recyclable products, paper and wood products that are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council of Canada) certified.
Recycle all old computer, electronic and electrical products rather than storing them. BC`s electronic recycling program ensures they are properly recycled.
Set up a green ideas plan to encourage and reward employees who come up with novel energy-saving or waste-reducing ideas.
Turn off computers, photocopiers and lights at the end of the day.
Encourage reusing or repurposing wherever possible: an example we practice is the reuse of boxes and packing materials we receive our shipments in.
Printer cartridges are another excellent way to conserve resources and keep the planet green: using refilled or remanufactured inkjet and laser toner cartridges – which are perfectly reusable – diverts considerable waste from landfills.
Certified Technicians Inspect and Evaluate Every Toner Cartridge Before Refilling
Our remanufactured toner cartridges are not just simply refilled.
Each empty laser toner cartridge is thoroughly inspected to determine its fitness for remanufacturing. The unit is cleaned and all gears are inspected.
Once the cartridge is determined to be fit, it is then completely disassembled, thoroughly cleaned and new drums, rollers, blades and toner are installed. The cartridge is then reassembled, weighed, and tested to ensure product excellence.
Mr. Cartridge remanufactured laser toner cartridges are a great savings and are guaranteed for a period of two years.
Each Mr Cartridge toner cartridge has been remanufactured according to the most stringent quality control standards to ensure performance that is equal or superior to the original while delivering great savings – up to 60% less than the price of new.
Your quality print job is our main concern. Our “No Worries” Guarantee of quality covers every Mr. Cartridge toner cartridge against defects.
We also carry new and compatible toner cartridges.
Free business pick-up and delivery.
We sell all major brands of laser printer toner cartridges