Every year the world throws away nearly 350 million printer cartridges, and the number rises consistently every year (by roughly 10%!) It can take 1000 years for a plastic cartridge to decompose. However, an average cartridge can be recycled up to 6 times, and each time reduces the impact of the production of that new cartridge by a substantial amount.
2. Reduce our overall carbon footprint
With 8 cartridges being tossed in the garbage every second, if we diverted even half into a recycling loop, we’d be able to produce 5 times the number of cartridges at an 80% energy reduction. Since cartridges can often be remanufactured multiple times over, each additional cycle compounds the effects of reducing waste, further reducing the amount of resources it takes to make a new cart.
3. It can help your company’s bottom line
As recycling continues to grow more important to our nation and our world, new industries have grown around the consolidation and proper disposal/remanufacturing of ink cartridges. Companies like Environmental Office Solutions run their business by purchasing material from consumers after they’ve gotten full use out of the product, and selling that material to remanufacturers who then recycle and repurpose it. This can help cut costs on cartridges and other recurring items for your business. See our buyback list, or request a quote to learn more.