Save resources in your home office by recycling inkjet cartridges, and buying recycled cartridges and recycled ink.
by The Daily Green Staff
It's easy to reuse or recycle your inkjet cartridges, so get started today.
That's hundreds of millions of cartridges that end up in landfills every year, made with plastics that can take at least 1,000 years to decompose. Not a good thing.
It's actually easy to cut down on this waste. First off, some inkjet cartridges can be used more than once by buying a refill kit. Look for compatible inks at 123Injets.com and, through Aug. 1, 2011, use promo code SUNNY123 to get 10%-15% off your purchase.
If this seems too messy, take your empties from the home printer (don't forget copiers and faxes, too) to the nearest drop off center to be reused or recycled by others. Both Staples and Home Depot have in-store drop-off bins for recycling inkjet cartridges and other electronics, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. You can also plug in your zip code in our "Get Local Info" widget on The Daily Green's homepage to get local recycling information. (Also try our partner, Earth911.org.)
Many companies, such as Hewlett-Packard, take them back for free. They provide mailers or labels for you to ship them back to be recycled or refurbished. Office Depot offers store credit for used cartridges if you are a member of their loyalty program.
It takes about 80% less energy to remanufacture plastic than to produce it new. And remanufactured laser cartridges use about half the amount of oil (a nonrenewable fossil fuel) needed to make brand new ones. So buy recycled cartridges to begin with. You'll save them from entering the waste stream. (123Injets.com also sells recycled printer cartridges and recycled inks.)
Remember, save ink and paper by printing double-sided, in black and white, and only when necessary.
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