Ink cartridges are something that people regularly throw away but it is important to realise that there are more environmentally friendly options for disposing of an empty printer cartridge. The plastic that is used to construct these printer cartridges can take over a millennium to decompose and during this time many harmful chemicals that remain in the ink can leach into the ground and potentially harm the environment further.
It is estimated that currently only around 10 percent of people are recycling printer cartridges once they are finished with them. This figure is particularly disappointing when you consider that the cartridges can be used around four times before they need to be completely broken down. Every time a printer cartridge is recycled a litre of oil is saved, so potentially each printer cartridge can save four litres of oil during its lifetime.
In most cases, the manufacturer from which you bought the cartridge, will offer a recycling service. This service will not be charged for as they are glad to get the printer cartridge back so it can be put to other uses. They never actually just directly refill the cartridge, but there are numerous other things they can do with it.
There are many ways that printer cartridges can be recycled, and it is not just manufacturers that offer recycling facilities. Cartridge recycling bins are becoming a more common sight at recycling locations across the country and deciding to put your cartridge here, rather than in landfill is an excellent step to being more environmentally friendly.
It is unfortunate that so few people are aware of the dangers to the environment of simply throwing away used ink cartridges. They are something that can easily be recycled and by recycling your cartridges you are making a real difference to the environment.