Help the Environment, Recycle Printer Cartridges

By: Vikram Kumar

Have you heard that in the United States alone, there are about 480 printer cartridges being thrown every minute? This means that every hour, there are about 28,000 cartridges discarded. In order to compare it will other things, it is estimated that the weight of the used ink cartridges used in America alone is the same with the weight of almost 67,600 Ford Explorers or the weight of almost 112,500 Volkswagen beetles. With these huge amounts of printer cartridges used everyday, it is high time that you do something about it. You should try to reuse and recycle in order to help the environment.

The most common users of printer cartridges are the business sector. They are usually the ones who consume a lot of ink since they get to print documents for their offices. Next to them are the households that changes toners at least twice every year, depending on their printing needs. In order to save the environment, there are several ways on how to recycle these used cartridges.

One and most practical way is by reusing your printer cartridges. You can refill this by buying a refill kit. Refill kits can help you save on ink costs. The refill kits come with everything that you need. It contains the ink, whether black or colored, that you will put inside the cartridge. The kit also has a syringe, which you will use to insert the ink. You will need to inject the ink inside of the cartridge. It also has a pair of plastic gloves that you will use to keep your hands from stains. Lastly, it has a manual of instructions on how to properly do the procedure of the refill. The price of the refill kit is usually half the price of the original ink. If properly refilled, the output of the ink is almost the same as the original ink. The cartridges can be refilled up to six times.

Aside from refilling the printer cartridges, you can also recycle the toner printers by sending it back to the company where you bought the cartridges. There are some companies that give special instructions for their clients on how they can recycle their cartridges. You can visit their sites for these instructions. There are also some companies that require their clients to send back to them the used cartridges. The companies shoulder the cost of the shipping.

Another option is to bring these printer cartridges to retailers. This serves as their after sales strategy to their clients. There are even some stores that offer trade-ins. These stores give incentives such as store coupons, free products or discounts on some items that you will purchase from them.

As a summary, you can help save the earth by recycling and reusing your printer cartridges. You can either reuse it by refilling it with new ink or you can also recycle it by sending it back to the ink manufacturers or cartridge retailers. With these steps, you can save money at the same time and you can also save the earth.

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