What happens to printer cartridges once recycled?
Up to 97% of all printer cartridges can be broken down and used for other materials. A good example of this is that local state governments use certain parts of printer cartridges to build and repair your local roads.
What types of printer cartridges can be recycled?
All genuine (OEM) ink cartridges that have been purchased through CartridgesDirect. Should you have 3 or more toner cartridges each month, you can also arrange for a free of charge collection box from Cartridges 4 Planet Ark. If you have purchased non-geniune ink cartridges, these cannot be recycled.
Is it better to refill or recycle printer cartridges?
While reusing printer cartridges will generate less waste, they can only be refilled two or three times and therefore you will end up having to recycle your printer cartridges regardless. Once you have exhausted the number of times you have refilled your cartridges, be sure to recycle them through the appropriate channels when they reach end of life.
Why do I have to return at least 8 printer cartridges?
Doing the right thing also has costs associated to it. When you collect as many empty inkjet cartridges as possible and return them all at once you are offsetting the resources it takes to return these.
Why can I not recycle non-genuine ink cartriges?
Disappointingly, manufacturers of non-genuine cartridges do not invest in the ethical disposal of their products and therefore do not receive the same benefits. We recommend that you always purchase genuine ink cartridges from reputable suppliers.