You can save money and reduce your carbon footprint significantly by choosing to use recycled ink toner cartridges. These cartridges are made of engineering grade polymer. This is a type of plastic that will not decompose for at least 500 years; although, it may well take a thousand years. By recycling ink cartridges, you can help keep the landfills freer of this type of litter and waste and reduce the amount of petroleum products used to manufacture new goods.

Currently, the United States alone throws out over 300,000,000 ink toner cartridges a year. It’s easy to see that this amount of litter will be overwhelming to humans and the rest of creation in far less than the 500-1000 years it will take for these items to decompose. Additionally, for each cartridge that is thrown away instead of being recycled, more resources have to go into making a replacement.

Recycling ink and toner cartridges can eliminate over 40,000 tons of metal and plastic litter going into landfills every year. Over 97% of these materials can be reused, repurposed or recycled. Clearly these materials should be used and again and again.

It takes about three and a half ounces of oil to make an ink cartridge. Multiply that by 300,000,000 and you get 3,675,000,000 ounces or 28,710,937.5 gallons of oil thrown out annually in the form of ink cartridges. Oil is a finite resource. It only makes good sense to use it wisely, and one way to do so is by using recycled ink cartridges. It may seem as if tossing that little cartridge out couldn’t make a very big difference to the condition of the world, but the fact of the matter is it all adds up. Your smart choice to recycle is a significant and effective one.