Save the Environment (and Money) this Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Each year Earth Day aims to inspire awareness and appreciation of the Earth's environment and ways to lessen our impact on it to preserve it for future generations. Around the world, Earth Day activities include picking up roadside trash, planting trees, using recyclable containers, conducting various programs for conservation, and a renewed emphasis on recycling. This year, Earth Day falls on April 22 and there are many ways you can help our environment, while saving some money!


In the most recent EPA data available, Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash and recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34.5 percent recycling rate.  Measured by percentage of generation, products with the highest recovery rates in 2012 were lead-acid batteries (96 percent), corrugated boxes (91 percent), newspapers/mechanical papers (73 percent), steel cans (71 percent), major appliances (64 percent), yard trimmings (57 percent), aluminum cans (55 percent), and mixed paper (47 percent).


Cartridge World stores encourage eco-friendly practices including recycling ink and toner cartridges, and using eco-friendly printing supplies. Did you know:

  • the average laser printer cartridge can be remanufactured 3-4 times
  • each recycled ink cartridge saves about two ounces of oil
  • each remanufactured laser cartridge keeps two pounds of waste out of landfills
  • more than 350 million printer cartridges are discarded in landfills annually. Inkjet cartridges placed in landfills leak into soil and waterways
  • independent studies have shown the carbon footprint of a recycled laser cartridge is up to one third less than that of a new ink cartridge.

Cartridge World, with over 400 stores nationwide, provides Earth-friendly and cost-effective solutions to your printing needs and recycles any and all printer cartridges that are dropped off at a Cartridge World location.  We also can schedule a recycling pick-up.  We offer store credit to non-profit businesses, churches, and schools that set-up regular recycling accounts with us.


In addition to recycling your printer cartridges, here are other ways you can help the environment – and save money.


Home recycling tips:

  • print only what you need
  • print on both sides of the paper, especially less important documents. This practice helps to reduce paper usage and waste by 50%

  • purchase paper products made of recycled paper

  • Share magazines and printed communication between neighbors, community organizations, even at your public library, rather than discarding when finished

  • use porcelain or metal mugs for work coffee breaks, instead of Styrofoam ones

  • pack lunches in reusable containers rather than single-use paper or plastic bags

  • take advantage of grocery and retail stores that recycle plastic bags

  • turn-off lights, computers, electrical power strips and other electrical devices when not in use – you’ll reduce consumption and be amazed at the savings on your energy bill

In addition to preserving the environment for future generations, your “green” efforts can have a meaningful economic value to your household.