Recycling News & Research: Waste Prevention Information

Waste Prevention Information

This subtopic addresses computer and printer ink and toner cartridge reuse and recycling. In the arena of printer ink cartridges, the terms reuse and recycling are commonly used interchangeably, and thus incorrectly.

If an printer ink or printer toner cartridges has been used under normal circumstances until it is empty, it can be managed by one of the following means:

1. Disposing of the container in the trash, or at an appropriate solid waste facility.

2. Shipping the container for reclamation or reuse.

In general, if an printer ink or printer toner cartridge contains a substance that is hazardous, and if those substances remain in an unused or defective printer ink or printer toner cartridge, then the printer ink cartridge must be managed as hazardous waste when they are disposed. To learn what is in any particular printer ink or printer toner cartridge, consult the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) provided by the manufacturer.

Cartridge Reuse and Recycling Programs

 CURE Recycling-Collects empty inkjets, and used cell phones from consumers. The ink cartridges and cell phones are inspected and used again.

 Enviro Solutions’ Printer Cartridge Recycling Programs-Provides businesses and non-profit, educational, and charity organizations with fundraising opportunities by collecting inkjet cartridges.

 Freerecycling.com-Set up your own inkjet cartridge and cell phone collection program. Free recycling will pay you for cartridges and cell phones the you collect.

 Fundraising Factory-Provides businesses and nonprofit, educational, and charity organizations with fundraising opportunities by collecting inkjet cartridges.

 Green Fund Network-Provides businesses and nonprofit, educational, and charity organizations with fundraising opportunities by collecting inkjet cartridges.

 HP Product Recycling-A program to cycle computer equipment and printer supplies.

 Planet Green Inc.-Provides an inkjet and laser cartridge program to benefit individuals, schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations. Most cartridges are reused. Those not suitable for reuse are recycled. Planet Green Inc. also has a cell phone collection program.

 RCR Imaging Products-Printer repairing.

 Recycle-FREE-Provides businesses and nonprofit, educational, and charity organizations with fundraising opportunities by collecting inkjet cartridges.

 T3Toner-Buyback of empty toner, inkjet, fax, and copier cartridges, and of surplus inventory, expired, excess, overstock, and outdated printer supplies.

 University of California, Davis-A model campus reuse and recycling program.

 Ecoprinter-Printer cartridge reuse.

Source: ciwmb.ca.gov

This Article is written by John C Arkin.



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