What to do to prevent the ill effects of Empty Laser Toner Cartridge to the environment?

An empty printer toner cartridge contains no environmental friendly components. It contains chemical drum, plastics and a powder called carbon, and when the cartridge is empty and you throw it away into a dustbin, or when it arrives in the landfill, it will take 450 years for its decomposition.

This product isn’t biodegradable. And this causes an enormous damage to the environment like water resources animal kingdom etc.

We can easily see that these non-reusable or empty cartridges are moved to the landfills.

So, what to do to prevent the ill effects of Empty Laser Toner Cartridge to the environment?

More than 2000 million printer cartridges are sold each year in worldwide, and more than half (1500 million of those) are sent to landfills. Toner cartridges are both recyclable and reusable, so more eco-friendly options for disposal exist. There are three main choices for keeping printer cartridges out of landfills: Reduce, Refill, Recycle.


The first one is “Reduce”. Reduce your printings, more specifically your unnecessary printings. When you reduce them, you’ll reduce also the involved ink, that reduces the toner on the paper; reducing this, you’ll reduce the paper. And reducing the number of papers, you’ll reduce also the storage required for those papers. It will consequently reduce the use of electricity.


After following the first solution of “Reduce”, the second one is “Refill”.

Send your cartridge to a manufacturer, who will use this cartridge to produce compatible or remanufactured cartridges. In this way, your cartridge will be refilled. You can also refill them on your own following these steps:

  1. Buy a printer cartridge refill kit at an office supply store or from an online retailer.
  2. Put on rubber gloves to prevent getting ink on your hands.
  3. Remove the printer cartridge and locate the two refill holes or toner refill port, which might be under the label.
  4. Follow the directions included with the kit to determine how exactly to fill your cartridges.
  5. Reseal the ink cartridge after refilling it.
  6. Clean the ink refill syringe after each use.


We finally come to the third solution “Recycle”. This cartridge has to be safely disposed. You must give it to an authorized E-waste recycler, who will safely dispose of this cartridge without affecting the environment.

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