Protect the Environment This Earth Day

Monday, August 17, 2015

Conservation and environmental responsibility have been hot button issues for years, but the stark reality is that even the simplest form of environmental stewardship – recycling – often is neglected.

  • Alone, HP ships more than 52 million printers per year. Most consumers buy three to four ink cartridges three times per year for their printer at home, which produces 600 million empty cartridges.
  • Almost eight printer cartridges are thrown away per second in the United States.
  • It takes about a gallon of oil to make a new laser cartridge.
  • Every laser cartridge that Cartridge World remanufactures saves nearly 2.5 pounds of metal & plastic waste from being deposited in landfills.
  • Seventy percent of used printer cartridges throughout the world are currently discarded.
  • A laser cartridge thrown into landfill can take up to 450 years to decompose. Some components made of industrial grade plastics will take over 1,000 years to decompose.

Since opening its first store in the United States more than 10 years ago, Cartridge World has become a recycling leader and now keeps about 4.5 million empty printer cartridges out of landfills each year.

Cartridge World stores often reuse many of the components in empty printer cartridges. If a store doesn’t reuse the cartridge, it recycles the cartridge in an environmentally responsible manner at no cost to the consumer. In addition to printer cartridges, Cartridge World stores recycle cell phones and other small electronic equipment (see store for details). The Cartridge World team of home and office printing experts also will help find ways for businesses and consumers to recycle larger electronics such as printers, fax machines, copiers and more.