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Ethically Recycle Your Printer Cartridges with Cartridges Direct

Ethically Recycle Your Printer Cartridges with Cartridges Direct
By Simon Williams
May 31, 2017

There is no doubt that climate change is real and manmade, but very few people really talk about the diminishing supply of nonrenewable resources. It can be incredibly easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless, but we can all do our bit to reduce the damage currently being done to the environment. Individually it may seem insignificant, but if everyone participated then the impact could be huge.

If you’re looking for somewhere to start, printer cartridges should be your go-to. Over 2 billion a year are sold around the world, and more than 70% of them end up in the landfill. It doesn’t matter if you only use a couple of printer cartridges a year; making sure you recycle them can make a big difference. It’s being made easier than ever to recycle, in order to help you make the right choice. With programmes such as Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, you can ensure that you are recycling responsibly with the latest technologies.

Recycling ethically

Every element of a printer cartridge can be recycled and reapplied to new and different products. Toner has been known to help create asphalt in Melbourne, while office supplies such as pens can now use recycled ink.

This is known as ethically recycling, and follows a zero waste approach; every single bit of the printer cartridge can be recycled in some way. The printer cartridges need specialised handling because of all the different materials. What you might not know, is that the manufacturers of Original printer cartridges make positive contributions. So by buying Original printer cartridges, you are helping.

As well as superior performance, the cost of ethical recycling is already included in the price of Original Printer Cartridges. Because the Original Printer Cartridge manufacturers care about the life of the planet by reducing pollution and conserving non-renewable resources by paying for their products to be ethically recycled is another reason why CartridgesDirect only supply their products. By putting your empty Original Printer Cartridges in the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark collection bin, located in most Australia Post offices across the country they go straight for ethical recycling, by Close the Loop. They process thousands of kilograms of ink and toner cartridges every day, improving their processes in the meantime to ensure it’s safer and even more efficient.

How it works

Your printer cartridges can be recycled in 4 different ways; the toner, ink, metals and plastics. Pioneering new ways to reuse the materials, the likes of Close the Loop and ourselves are working together to increase the amount of printer cartridges that are recycled. None of the plastic or metals end up in the landfill but are reapplied to new products., while the toner and ink can be used in unique ways.

There are far more Original cartridges sold than compatible ones, and we know for a fact that many more could be recycled. For every tonne of print consumables collected and recycled, over 10 times more carbon is saved through the avoided use of new materials.

If you want to further support ethical recycling, then it’s important that you use printer cartridges from companies that support a recycling programme. They are the same brands that made your printer. Here at Cartridges Direct we want to get the message out and help you to get involved in recycling that little bit more! Check out our extensive range of printer cartridges from the world’s leading manufacturers.