More Green Tips for Around the Office, at Home and in Schools
No matter how much effort you put into switching over to digital files, reading PDFs on your monitor, or just generally putting an end to printing things whenever you have a choice, it seems that every now and again, it’s mandatory that you print something out. If you work in an office, then maybe you have to print out a lengthy proposal for a client meeting, or a detailed business plan for your business meeting at the bank.
Maybe you’re working at home, and prepping some things for your kid’s day at school. With more and more budget cutbacks in our school systems, it’s happening a lot more where parents are being asked to take care of things that schools used to, including printing out study materials or homework from the Internet.
The point is — we all have the need to print something out every now and again — it’s practically unavoidable. We can recycle the paper as much as possible, and then we’re left with the ink cartridges. So what can be done about those, when it comes to being environmentally responsible?
Taking Care to Recycle Your Printer’s Ink Cartridges
It’s easy to go through printer ink cartridges like nobody’s business, and it can seem like one more annoying errand to run when you have to swap them out. You take a trip to the office supply warehouse in your neighborhood or city, and pay what appears to be way too much money for a replacement. Did you know that many national retailers for office supplies have their own in house ink cartridge recycling programs?
Bring in your old used Epson ink cartridge, or your giant HP printer cartridge next time you go to the office supply chain store, and swap it out for your new one. In many cases, you’ll receive a rebate of a couple of dollars for your trouble. And because you’ll already be at the store to buy a new one, you won’t be adding any extra errands to your trip.
Beyond that, with a quick search online, you can easily find companies who will make it as painless as possible to recycle your ink cartridges. Simply drop them a line, and they’ll send you a special post-paid envelope, and you pop it in the mail to them without any money changing hands, and only the effort required of you to walk out to your mailbox.
How much of a problem is disposing of recyclable ink cartridges from your printer? Did you know that according to CartridgeFundraising.com, “over 13 cartridges are discarded in the U.S. every second”? So it’s a GIANT problem, when you look at it from that perspective — we’re talking about many millions of non-recycled (and recyclable!) cartridges clogging up landfills every year. And all of them made from plastic that won’t be decomposing on its own any time soon.
That’s hundreds of millions of cartridges that end up in landfills every year, made with plastics that can take at least 1,000 years to decompose. Not a good thing.
Information on Office Supply Stores Who Recycle Ink Cartridges
Office Depot Recycling Program for Ink Toner Cartridges.
HP Printer Cartridge Recycling Information.
Ink and Toner Recycling Program at Staples.
OfficeMax Perks Recycling Program Info.
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