Don't Throw That Away! How and Why to Recycle Toner Cartridges


Recycle your toner cartridges; it's good for you and the environment

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Not only is this a catchy tune from Jack Johnson (I do listen to music other than Buffett!), but it's important to think of when it comes to toner recycling.

Before you toss that empty toner cartridge into the trash, know that it will take nearly 1,000 years to decompose in your local landfill.

Don't throw it away. Recycle it. We've made it dead simple for you to do so.

We are proud to announce a program to recycle toner cartridges. We did this because it ties into our beliefs about being resourceful.

How to Recycle Your Toner Cartridges

Whether you're an Advanced Systems customer or not, click here and follow the directions – you don't have to be a customer of ours to recycle through us . 

Recycling toner is a good thing. Here's why.

Toner Is Hazardous

Toner is essentially plastic polymer dust. This dust is heated and fused onto paper for prints and copies (this need for heat is why it takes a few moments for your copier to be ready as it literally warms up). It's viewed as hazardous waste. Throwing empty cartridges into the trash means this material ends up in a landfill. This isn't good for the environment, especially when it's simple and easy to recycle used cartridges.

A Few Facts About Toner Cartridges

To give you a sense of how much we're all wasting, here are a few facts and statistics:

  • Toner cartridges can be refilled – sometimes as many as 15 times.
  • Of the nearly 1.3 billion inkjet cartridges in use worldwide, less than 30% are being recycled.
  • For each new toner cartridge, you need about one gallon of oil.
  • Nearly eight cartridges are thrown away every second in the U.S.
  • Stacked end-to-end, the empty cartridges thrown away each year would circle the Earth at least once.
  • Each toner cartridge that is recycled means two less pounds of metal and plastic in your local landfill.
  • The manufacture of one mono toner cartridge creates approximately 4.8 kg of CO2 in greenhouse gas emissions.

Facts from EnviroSmart, Earth911, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

If your business is devoted to environmental sustainability, then you MUST include recycling toner cartridges in your green initiatives.

Not only toner cartridges, fuser assemblies and certain other parts can be recycled.

Click here for a list of eligible items from Kyocera, Ricoh, HP, Canon, Sharp, Konica Minolta, Xerox, Lexmark, Samsung, Dell, Hasler, Neopost, and Brother to start recycling toner cartridges.

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About The Author

Dave Quint, president and CEO of Advanced Systems Inc. and past president of BTA Mid-America. Dave has worked with copiers, MFPs, scanners, and document workflow software since joining Advanced Systems as a sales associate in 1989. His favorite part of the job -- “there is no greater joy than to see the positive impact these solutions have in our client’s businesses.’ You press print, we take care of the rest. Contact us for more information >>