Using remanufactured laser printer cartridges is a great alternative to help reduce the impact of the millions of cartridges that are thrown away and end up in landfills each year. In North America alone, over 350 million cartridges each year are discarded in landfills. Most people don’t realize the impact this has on the environment.
Using a company that sells remanufactured toner cartridges provides an great alternative that is both earth-friendly and cost-effective.
Here are just a few quick facts about the environmental impact of laser toner cartridges:
- It takes about one gallon of oil to make a new laser cartridge
- Nearly eight cartridges are thrown away per second in the United States alone
- About 70 percent of used printer cartridges are currently being thrown out
- Over 75 percent of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30 percent of it
- A laser cartridge thrown into a landfill can take up to 450 years to decompose…some components take over 1,000 years
- In one year, if the world’s discarded cartridges were stacked end-to-end, they would circle the earth over three times
What is remanufacturing?
Put simply, it is reconditioning and refilling toner cartridges so they can be used again. It does not mean you’re getting an inferior product. In fact, many parts of a toner cartridge have a long service life and some virtually last forever, either in a landfill or in your printer. By buying remanufactured printer cartridges we can help limit their environmental impact. The remanufacturing process checks for the integrity of the cartridge housing and electronic circuits, replaces the drum and finishes up by refilling it with exacting toner formulations. All remanufactured cartridges are thoroughly tested after assembly to ensure they meet or exceed OEM (original equipment manufacturer) standards.
Using remanufactured printer cartridges do not void the printer’s warranty.
Contrary to popular belief, using a remanufactured printer cartridge does not void the printer warranty.
The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 states: “No warrantor of a consumer product may condition his written or implied warranty of such product on the consumer’s using, in connection with such product, any article or service (other than article or service provided without charge under the terms of the warranty) which is identified by brand, trade, or corporate name.”
This means the original equipment manufacturer cannot, as a condition of the warranty, require the use of their printer cartridge.
Switching to remanufactured printer cartridges can result in a cost savings of up to 50 percent. This is because companies that primarily sell remanufactured toner cartridges are able to set their own prices as opposed to having to adhere to the prices established by companies such as HP, Epson and Dell. For those who print a lot and who are concerned about the environment, remanufactured toner cartridges help to preserve our natural resources while keeping unnecessary metals and plastics out of landfills.