Did you know In the US, nearly 27 TONS of plastic entered landfills in 2018?? Every year since, that amount has grown. That’s a staggering number, but people are still cynical about recycled toner cartridges. The following Q&A may help you realize the profitability of going green.

1. Are recycled toner cartridges environmentally sound?

Every time you use a recycled laser toner cartridge, you help reduce the amount of plastic trash thrown into our landfills. Each cartridge uses 1/2 quart of oil and contains four pounds of non-biodegradable parts that will forever pollute the environment. The average cartridge has up to 120 precision-engineered plastic and metal components, many of them perfectly reusable or replaceable after the toner runs out.

2. If my printer salesperson or service technician says I shouldn’t use a recycled product, shouldn’t I listen? 

Printer salespeople are just that, salespeople. Sometimes, they will have a side gig selling new toner cartridges. It’s a long-term, reliable business for which they don’t have to work. As for technicians, any knowledgeable technician will tell you that even new cartridges can cause printer problems. Our staff here at Capital Business Systems have the knowledge and know-how to save you money while going green.

3. Does the manufacturer recommend a recycled cartridge?

Manufacturers don’t usually recommend recycled cartridges, even though they do it themselves. Apple signed a contract with a recycler in Texas, and Hewlett-Packard is busy looking for a European site to build a recycling plant. They still make more money on the new ones and push them.

4. How do I know if my laser printer uses a cartridge that can be re-manufactured?

Easy, Canon holds the patent on the engine and print technology, meaning they make the engine and the cartridge and sell it to other companies, who slap their name on it and jack up the price. Eighty percent are all the same engines and cartridges.

5. How much does a re-manufactured cartridge cost?

If you are like most people, you want to save money. Remanufactured toner cartridges can run 40% to 50% cheaper than new ones. That’s 100% quality at only half the price! Call a reputable dealer to find out how you can do your part to save our planet.