July 22, 2015
Hundreds of millions of used ink cartridges are disposed of every year. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), over 2.3 million tons of electronic devices were ready for end of life management in 2010. Five years later, consumption of electronics has increased making the disposal of electronic devices, and accessories a major concern. Each cartridge contains plastics, metals, and toxic materials, making recycling the best environmentally responsible option.
Inkjet cartridges pose a threat to the environment when discarded incorrectly. The following figures demonstrate why recycling is the best option:
The easiest way to reduce the environmental impacts of empty ink cartridges is to recycle them. Ink cartridges can be remanufactured allowing to double their life. Remanufacturing involves disassembling used cartridges, inspecting the components, inserting a new core, replacing worn parts like printer heads, and refilling ink wells with manufacturer specification ink.
The process of remanufacturing saves energy and materials because plastics and metals are reused, but most importantly, recycling inkjets reduces the amount of cartridges that ends up in landfills or incineration facilities.
As an industry leader in remanufactured inkjet and toner cartridges, Planet Green is located in the USA and uses in-house built machinery as well as advanced remanufacturing methods. All the necessary steps are taken to ensure that all the components to make a great products are properly reused. Ink cartridges can be remanufactured up to 3 times using a majority of the original parts making the savings in energy and components significant.
Many individuals and organizations have used Planet Green Recycle fundraising program to raise funds for their cause. In fact, over 13,000 causes have seen over $50 million in the past 15 years. By offering up to $4.50 per returned cartridge, Planet Green has been able to assist local communities and businesses raise funds for their cause. Planet Green fundraising program also ensure that the value and importance of recycling inkjets is spread through education and awareness.
The environmental impact of new technologies can be huge, especially when the manufacturing, distribution, and end of life processes are viewed holistically. Recycling inkjets and using remanufactured cartridges is just one of the ways businesses and individuals can reduce their environmental footprint, while also saving money on quality products.