Hank on Why You Should Recycle

Recycling may seem like a chore, but it has many long term benefits.  In the US, less than half of all ink cartridges are returned for remanufacturing or recycling.  The rest are sent to landfills.

  • Each laser cartridge adds 2.5 pounds of waste to our landfills.
  • More than 3 quarts of oil are used to produce each laser cartridge.
  • CO2 emissions from the production of a new cartridge are almost 2.5 times that of a remanufactured cartridge.  Using recycled cartridges to make new cartridges, i.e., remanufactured cartridges, reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 89%.
  • Approximately 1.2 trillion inkjet cartridges are used around the world annually, and less than 30 percent are currently being recycled.
  • In one year, if the world’s discarded cartridges were stacked end-to-end, they would circle the earth more than three times.
  • Over 500 million inkjet cartridges and 70 million laser cartridges are sold in the U.S. annually. Every year over 400 million cartridges with a combined weight of 200 million pounds are buried in our nation’s landfills – this amount is equal to the weight of about 67,000 SUVs.
  • Thirteen ink cartridges are thrown away every second in the U.S.
  • A laser cartridge thrown into a landfill can take up to 450 years to decompose. Some components made of industrial grade plastics will take over 1,000 years to decompose.

Here at Craft, we make it simple to recycle.  At no cost to you, we can help leave a smaller footprint.