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Greener Office Practices


How facilities dispose of printer cartridges and other office supplies has an impact on the environment, for better or worse. Reusing and recycling printer cartridges can help reduce waste that goes to landfills. Cartridge World, a specialty retailer of ink and toner printer cartridges, notes the following statistics concerning the impact of these items. It takes about a gallon of oil to make a new laser cartridge. Nearly eight cartridges are thrown away per second in the United States. In North America, over 350 million cartridges per year are discarded in landfills, and that number increases by 12% annually. Every remanufactured laser cartridge saves nearly 2.5 pounds of metal and plastic waste from being deposited in landfills. 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. 70% of used printer cartridges throughout the world are currently being thrown out.