What To Do With Workplace Ink Cartridges?

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What to Do with Workplace Ink Cartridges?

Workplaces go through a fair amount of printer and toner cartridges, but aren’t always quite sure how to deal with them once they’re empty.  As we move towards a world of corporate sustainability, knowing how to handle used cartridges is important. You may be surprised to learn that ink cartridges are eco-friendly, if handled properly. 

Why is Ink Cartridge Recycling Important? 

While more and more companies have moved online, printed materials are still very much in use. And when printer and toner cartridges run dry, it’s important they’re recycled properly. Currently, over 375 million empty printer and toner cartridges wind up in either incinerators or landfills. Meanwhile, about 97% of the materials that make those cartridges can be reused or recycled! 

What to Do With Empty Printer & Toner Cartridges

When your ink cartridge runs out, don’t simply toss it in the trash. There are other options to make sure your cartridges don’t contribute to the carbon footprint. You can choose whichever one works best for your workspace, or (what we suggest!) use a combination. 

  • Reduce. Another practice to add to your corporate sustainability plan: reduce the amount of ink you use. By decreasing printed materials, you can use less paper and less ink. Talk as a group about ways to utilize digital copies and reduce waste.
  • Return. Your local office supply store will most likely take back your used cartridges. Give them a call to see what your options are and if there are any limitations.
  • Recycle. Of course, recycling ink cartridges is a great way to keep them out of landfills. Use a bin to collect your ink cartridge recycling and set aside a time each quarter to bring them to your local recycling facility. If your office doesn’t have a recycling system in place, help institute one!  

Educate Those Around You

Once you’re in the habit of reducing, returning, and recycling ink cartridges, tell your community about it. Spreading awareness about these sustainable options will help reduce the amount of cartridges getting thrown needlessly into the trash. When we all do our part, we can make big changes! 

Close the Loop Can Help

Have questions about how your workplace can become more environmentally friendly? Close the Loop would love to answer them! Reach out to see how we can help you reach your corporate sustainability goals and maintain a more eco-friendly workplace. Together, we can make a difference

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