Recycling Inkjet Cartridges Helps the Environment
Let's start out with some facts.
Today, the U.S. recycles 28% of its waste--a rate that has almost doubled during
the past 15 years.
In 1999, recycling, waste management and composting activities prevented
about 64 million tons of material from ending up in landfills and incinerators.
Recycling of specific materials has grown even more drastically:
- 42 percent of all paper
- 40 percent of all plastic soft drink bottles
- 55 percent of all aluminum beer and soft drink cans
- 57 percent of all steel packaging
- 52 percent of all major appliances are now recycled
Which is good news, right?
Wrong! Inkjet cartridge, laser printer cartridge and cell phone users
have not done their part. Only 5% of empty printer cartridges and cell
phones are being recycled.
This is terrible news for future generations as 95% of inkjet and laser
cartridges are discarded and end up in landfills.
Not to mention the fact that the lack of printer ink cartridge recycling is costing
tax-payers more and more money. Inkjet cartridge users such as schools and
businesses are adding millions of tons of waste each year to our overflowing
Have a look at the numbers.
But there is hope
- It takes 2.5 ounces of oil to make a new inkjet cartridge and ten times this
amount for laser printer cartridges.
- Plastics used in these cartridges take over 1000 years to decompose.
- With students averaging 8 inkjet cartridges, schools using 300 or more laser
printer cartridges and businesses using 900 to 1600 inkjets and laser printer
cartridges each year, we are producing and accumulating waste at an incredible
. You can make a difference by participating in our
inkjet cartridge recycling program. You can recycle cartridges, recycle toner and
even cell phones, meaning less waste in the landfills and more hope for future
generations and the environment.
You can make a difference
. Learn how our inkjet cartridge recycling