Have you ever stood in your storeroom, surrounded by discarded cartridges and wondering what to do with them all? The most common solution that comes to mind would be to throw them away, but there are other ways to utilise these discarded ink and toner cartridges.
With printing jobs exceeding hundreds of pages a day, what do you do with your empty printer cartridges? Most people throw them in the bin, not considering the negative effects on the environment. Approximately 200,000,000 discarded printer cartridges end up in landfill in the UK yearly, and it can take centuries before a single cartridge decomposes. Instead of adding to the environmental woes of the world, why not reuse these cartridges to your own benefit? That way, you can clear the clutter in your store room without adding to the growing level of waste sent to landfill. Here are a few things that you can do with your used printer cartridge:
1. Refill your used printer cartridge
There are three types of ink and toner cartridges:
Original Equipment Manufacturer cartridge: These are the ones that are directly produced by the printer manufacturers themselves.
Remanufactured/Recycled Original cartridge: These are empty original cartridges that are examined thoroughly for faults, refilled, reconstructed and re-packaged to be sold again.
Compatible cartridge: These are newly manufactured cartridges created by a third-party manufacturer.
Instead of throwing away your used printer cartridge, you can have them refilled. A used ink and toner cartridge can potentially be refilled five to six times in its lifespan. As you need cartridges on a daily basis for large amounts of printing, it's often more cost effective for you to reuse a used ink and toner cartridge rather than purchase expensive original cartridges. If you have the time, patience and expertise, you can refill a used printer cartridge yourself. To do this, you'll have to purchase a refill kit from a printing supply store, either online or on the high street. Keep in mind that any mistake in the refilling process will leave behind stains and could also cause printer problems.
Here are some tips on refilling your used printer cartridge:
Use a syringe to insert the ink.
Make a small hole on top of the cartridge and inject the ink into the reservoir.
Once the cartridge is filled, put it back into the printer.
If you feel that you cannot manage refilling the empty cartridge yourself, then the next best thing is to send your used printer cartridge to a printing supply store and have them refill it for you. Before you know it, your old, worn-out cartridge will be as good as new.
2. Make money through your used printer cartridge
Did you know you can make money by selling a used printer cartridge? Certain companies offer incentives to recycle empty toner cartridges, and you will find many online companies that will buy your used cartridges in return for money. The actual amount you receive is dependent upon the quality and brand of your cartridge and the company you choose to recycle with.
Certain stores offer you store credit in return for your used printer cartridge. Some big chains will allow you to return the cartridges and will give you credit or vouchers towards any product in the shop. There are also some stores that will take your used ink and toner cartridges and give you a discount when you purchase a new cartridge.
In the future, instead of throwing your used printer cartridge away, why not make some money on it? You will get some extra cash and the environment benefits as a result. There could be pots of money hiding away in your store room - maybe your next vacation will be free!
3. Raise money for charity with your used printer cartridge
You can help raise money for charities by donating your used printer cartridges to them. Many charities have an agreement with recycling firms where they get money in exchange for cartridges. It's simple - just drop off or mail in your used cartridges to the charity of your choice. The charities will take over from there, sending the cartridges to the recycling companies. In return, they get funds to help their charity. Alternatively, send your cartridge direct to the recycling companies and request that your profits be sent to charity.
Your role in generating extra funds for these charities is important. Instead of throwing away your used printer cartridge, donate it. Many companies help you through this process - some create kiosks in your local area for collection and some let you mail the cartridges for free. This way, you can donate your used ink and toner cartridges at your own convenience. You will be providing a good service to your community.
4. Make home decorations out of your used printer cartridge
Why throw your used printer cartridge away, when you can use them around the house. When you want something to stop your papers from flying away next time, think of your used cartridge - once they are cleaned thoroughly, they make very geeky paper weights! Place them on your desk or at your workplace. If you like, you can paint it according to your own wishes and make it more appealing.
A more artsy use for your old cartridges is to use them for decorative objects. David and Cathy Winton, for instance, got creative with their used printer cartridges, designing a series of desk lamps and chandeliers. Be creative! Why not dress it up and attach a magnet at the back once it's cleaned? This way you can create a very innovative fridge magnet for yourself.
The list is endless, but the bottom line is not to overcrowd landfill sites. By doing so, you will help the environment, clean your store cupboard and ultimately benefit yourself.
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01 January, 1970 05:30 AM
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01 January, 1970 05:30 AM