People nowadays are more aware of the environmental problems that the whole world is facing. Companies and consumers alike are choosing eco-friendly options for their households and offices. Opting for recycled products is not a complicated thing to do and more often than not, is the more affordable option. The internet has made purchasing recycled items even easier – you can now buy recycled printer cartridges, paper, fabrics and more online.

recycle symbolBuying recycled printer cartridges has many advantages. First of all, it can help consumers save up to 30% off the price of a brand new ink or toner cartridge. If you’re concerned about the quality of the ink in a recycled cartridge, you need not be; when purchasing from a trusted retailer, these are carefully inspected, cleaned and filled with quality ink – basically like refilling a pen.

Aside from the economic advantage of buying a recycled printer cartridge, it also plays a huge role in reducing landfill waste. Next time you considering buying a new ink or toner cartridge, consider this: Annually, approximately 500 million cartridges are thrown away; and each cartridge can take up to 450 years to decompose. Currently the majority of cartridges used every year are thrown away, and the plastic materials which they are produced from are harmful to the environment. Every time you refill your cartridge or buy a recycled one, you are decreasing the numbers which end up in landfill every year.

As mentioned above, this process is as easy as buying a brand new cartridge. Many ink and toner retailers now offer a refill service and/or sell recycled cartridges. Some even offer a post service where you can send in your empty printer cartridge and they will fill it up and post it back to you. There are various organizations which you can send your cartridges to for recycling, to be refilled or to purchase a recycled one. You can drop them at their offices and many companies and organisations have public collection boxes as well, with some even doing collections from your home or office to further encourage companies and consumers to recycle their printer cartridges. Large ink and toner retailers such as Epsom, HP and Lexmark all have information on their websites on how to refill and recycle your cartridges. Organizations such as Freerecycling.com.au and Cartridge World will help you set up a recycling program for your company, local community or school.

Now that you know the advantages of buying recycled printer cartridges, where to purchase them and where to recycle your old ones, there’s really no excuse to throw yours away or to keep buying new ones!

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