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Whether you are an office or a household, if you are using any type of printer you would have dealt with cartridges when they run out of ink. Now generally the two options are to get a new one or have the old one recycled. Today, we will discuss how and why recycling cartridges are the smarter option, and how much that can benefit overall.

Before you throw away your next empty toner cartridge into the unknown here is what you need to remember, it takes nearly 1000 years for them to decompose in a landfill. Now that doesn’t sound too healthy, does it? That is why here at Ink On The Run, we encourage you to refill and reuse your ink cartridges and help us make a positive impact on the future of the environment.

So why is it that we are emphasising recycling toner cartridges? For starters, toner is hazardous. They are made of plastic polymer dust which is considered to be a hazardous waste and if they end up in landfills after being thrown away, it’s not good for the environment. Not to mention, if you consider the cost and monetary benefits, recycling your used cartridges is also much cheaper than getting a new one. It is wasteful to throw away something that can be reused so easily, yet toner cartridges are being wasted all across the world. Here are some facts that highlight how much we are wasting:

  • You can refill a used toner cartridge as many as 15 times.
  • There are 1.3 billion inkjet cartridges being used all across the world, yet only a mere 30% are getting recycled.
  • To make one new toner cartridge, you need to use one gallon of oil.
  • If you stack all the cartridges we throw away each year end-to-end, you can circle the entire earth at least one time. It would be 129 times longer than the Great Wall of China.
  • Recycling one toner cartridge means that you are letting two fewer pounds of metal and plastic into the landfill.
  • Each toner cartridge can take from 450 years to 1000 years to biodegrade in nature.

If you are an individual or business who is concerned regarding the safety and wellbeing of the environment, recycling toner cartridges must be on your do to list. Not only that, it can also help you save a lot of money and resources. So what are you waiting for? Join Ink On The Run on this green initiative and help to contribute to creating a better tomorrow.

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