The following are some facts and figures about ink and toner recycling from the Cartridge World website:
• In the United States, approximately 8 cartridges are thrown away per second. Further calculation reveals that around 691,200 cartridges are being discarded per day. This data is alarming because we are talking about the United States only. Can you imagine how many cartridges are being thrown away per day in all countries?
• In North America, over 350 million cartridges are thrown into landfills annually. This volume apparently increases by an average of 12% per year.
• It takes about 450 to more than 1,000 years for these cartridges to decompose in landfills.
• About a gallon of oil is used to produce a new laser toner cartridge while two pints of oil are consumed to produce a new toner cartridge shell.
• As much as 70% of used printer cartridges in the world are thrown out and only 20% of these used cartridges are recycled for reuse.
• In a year, if all the discarded cartridges are stacked end to end, they will be able to circle the earth not only once but three times.
These are the facts. So now you see we have to consider using recycled or remanufactured printer toners and inks.
Always remember that for every ink cartridge recycled and reused is one less cartridge thrown into the landfills. If the whole population in the United States would use at least remanufactured toner cartridges or ink, this saves 308,134,115 cartridges from the landfills.
At the rate by which discarded cartridges decompose in the landfills, it is evident that people around the globe can consume a whole lot more than the landfills can decompose. To avoid contributing to this, use remanufactured toner and ink cartridges. Each remanufactured ink cartridge saves about 1.59 kilos of solid waste from being added in landfills. It also helps in reducing pollution.