Laser Toner Recycling

About 100 million laser toner cartridges are sold each year in the U.S. Approximately two pints of oil are required to produce each new cartridge. Each discarded empty laser printer cartridge adds approximately three pounds of waste to our landfills; waste that will take as long as 10 centuries to decompose. Laser toner cartridges can be recycled; 30% of laser toner cartridges are currently recycled.

You should be aware that there are some manufacturers who require the purchase of their brand of supplies as a condition of warranty. This is questionable under Federal law (Sherman Anti-Trust Act). Do your research by checking with the manufacturer or reading the warranty.


Printer sales are soaring. Two out of three printers sold today are ink jet printers. An ink jet printer is sold every 4 seconds in the United States. Each of these printers will utilize printer cartridges, or about 500 million of them this year.

According to a recent study, 92 per cent of empty ink jet cartridges (one million every day) end up in landfills. That's 5,000 tons every month.

If a cartridge is refilled just three times there is a 75% reduction in waste.

Ink Jet Cartridge Recycling

Remanufacturing 500 million inkjet cartridges will save an estimated 4 million cubic feet of landfill space in just one year. On average, the cartridges can be used 3 to 5 times. Black and single color ink jet cartridges are best suited for recycling. Selected Tri-Color cartridges can also be recycled. 93% of ink jet cartridges are suitable for recycling.

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