DISPOSING OF USED PRINTER CARTRIDGES
22 June 2012
How do you get rid of those used printer cartridges in an environmentally friendly way (e-waste recycling)?
becoming a more vexing problem for business and householders as
Australians disposed of over 18 million printer cartridges in the last
year - mostly ending up in land fills with long term environmental
issues. Plastic is a material that nature finds particularly difficult
to decompose taking an extremely long period of time. so alternative
uses need to be found for them.
alternative use is remanufacturing of the cartridges, and this is
becoming more evident with overseas companies turning profitability from
reproducing high quality toner & printer cartridges.
Another alternative use is to break down the cartridges, using the componentry in other industries.
But where can you dispose of the cartridges?
The good news is that organisations such as Australia Post are putting their clout behind solving this problem. They call it e-waste recycling and it makes a lot of sense.
are other organisations such as Harvey Norman and Officeworks who
sponsor disposal collection centres. For more information on where you
can dispose of your cartridge, go to www.recyclingnearyou.com.au.
the environment in another way, especially if you are a business, create
a disposal box on your premises, and only take it to a disposal centre
when it is full. That way you are not using as much fuel in
transportation - and fossil fuel consumption creates carbon emissions.
We welcome other parties using this article to spread the good word.