Typical printing scene; press print on your PC and then head to the printer tray to pick up your printed document. We seldom think about how using our laser printers impact the environment. Yes it does! We should know about toners, toner cartridges and their impact on our environment. It is in knowing these seeming trivial but equally important things that can help us understand how printing affects our environment, the planet Earth and ultimately, us.
Laser printers use toners much like ink in inkjet printers. Toners are powder-made mixture of chemicals and are encased in plastic containers called toner cartridges. When there is no more toner, we wont be able to print and the empty toner cartridges are discarded. When they are discarded improperly and irresponsibly they can be harmful to the environment.
The chemicals on toner left-overs or spillage isn't good on our waterways. While the plastic cartridge takes a long long time to decompose. When they are thrown right away, it will end up on our landfills. Imagine the thousand of laser printers being used now by businesses, organizations, schools and even homes. Thousand of empty toner cartridges can really hasten the filling up of our landfills.
The good thing about toner cartridges is that they are recyclable and reusable. Depending on its state after being used up, it can be remanufactured and be reused multiple times. The best way to discard our empty toner cartridges is take it to buy-back programs or give it to fund-raising recycle programs. Doing so, help us prolong the use of each toner cartridge, preventing it from being thrown right away and conserve raw materials.
Remanufactured toner cartridges brings less harm to the environment. Those who use them supports the drive to make our planet a better place to live in not only now but for generations to come.