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What Is The Definition Of A Recycled Printer Cartridge?

If you’re new to the process of remanufactured, refilled, or recycled cartridges, this information may help.  If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to talk with us further at 407-767-0680.

A printer cartridge can consist of varying amounts of recycled material. The environmental cost will be very different depending on to which extent recycled materials are used in the production of the cartridge.

We define recycled printer cartridges as cartridges that are made from reworked waste or parts of old printer cartridges.

The generic process used during printer cartridge recycling is as follow:

  1. Upon arrival, cartridges are sorted based on model and condition and broken down into their main parts.
  2. Cartridges are checked for damage and overall condition. Damaged and worn parts are replaced by fresh components.
  3. Cartridges are reassembled and filled with new printer ink or toner. Cartridges are tested automatically for errors and then sealed in new packages.
  4. Recycled cartridges are sold to offline and online supply shops marketing them as remanufactured cartridges.

Recycling concepts and terms are unfortunately often mixed up and used in the wrong way. Some of the most commonly used terms and concepts are presented and explained below. Printer cartridges with the lowest environmental impact are presented first with the rest following in a descending order

Refilled cartridges

Refilled cartridges are printer cartridges that have been refilled with new ink or toner by printer cartridge owners or shops. Home owners can refill their cartridges by buying refill kits.

When going for this alternative, please be aware that worn or end of life-cycle components in your printer cartridge may need to be replaced. If not, the printer might print with lower quality than expected. Follow the instructions provided in the refill kit carefully to avoid leakage and handling errors when refilling your cartridge.

Refilling the cartridge is often the only alternative for reuse of non branded cartridges or previously recycled cartridges as most recycling companies do not accept these. Read more on which type of cartridges are accepted.

Refurbished / reused / remanufactured cartridges

These types of cartridges are to a greater or lesser extent produced from old printer cartridge parts that have been reused or repaired. All parts are examined, washed and tested individually to meet or exceed the quality standards set up by the OEM cartridge manufacturer. Key parts affecting quality and performance of the printer cartridge are replaced with new components while the cartridge case and non-wearing components are kept.

It’s better to re-use parts of old printer cartridges than to create new waste that ends up in landfills or incinerators. Less waste and energy are used in the manufacturing of these cartridges compared with recycled cartridges thus making them a better purchase.

Recycled cartridges

These cartridges are made from reworked waste. The energy cost for transportation, sorting and transformation is higher than for the group above making this a slightly worse alternative to go with.

We chose to group together recycled cartridges with refurbished, reused and remanufactured cartridges in this article to make things more understandable. Thus, recycled printer cartridges are according to our definition cartridges that are made from reworked waste or parts of old printer cartridges. Approximately 20-30% of all sold printer cartridges worldwide are a recycled cartridge.

Virgin cartridges

These cartridges have the worst impact on the environment. Virgin cartridges are produced from new raw materials which demand much energy during production while creating new waste when they are empty.

Example: An average toner cartridge, used in laser printers, faxes and copiers is made of 40% plastic requiring up to 1 gallon (3.7 liters) of oil. The rest of the cartridge consists of 40% metal and smaller amounts of rubber, paper, foam and toner.

Refill and SAVE!

What does “remanufactured” mean? It basically means that the ink cartridges have been recycled & reprocessed by the professionals of the industry. Empty printer cartridges are collected, thoroughly cleaned, and refilled with professional grade ink. Afterwards, they’re repackaged and resold.  Many businesses and home printers use the recycled ink cartridges with no problem.  Recycled ink is a great way to go it saves on your expenses and saves the environment!  Go Green!!!

How To Fix A Paper Jam

paper jam imageDon’t you just love your ink jet printer when you have a paper jam?  We find our customers telling us it’s the  world’s worst “waste of time” trying to fix a paper jam!  We have some steps to help work your way through:

STEP 1: Assess the situation
Disconnect the power cord. This will prevent you from getting an electrical shock.

STEP 2: Access the back panel
Move your printer so that you can access its back panel. Now, remove the back access panel.

STEP 3: Look for the jammed paper
Through the open panel, search for the jammed paper. Remove any paper you see.

STEP 4: Close the Panel
Properly close the back access panel, making sure all the screws are put in place and it latches securely.

STEP 5: Ope the Top Access Panel
Open the front panel. This is the panel that you open when you want to access your ink cartridges. Once you open this panel now look for jammed paper in this area.

STEP 6: Remover Paper Gently
You don’t want to rip and pull out the jammed paper, some printers give resistance.  Gently pull at the paper to remove so as not to rip the paper and leave part of it still jammed in your printer….this causes a greater problem!

STEP 7: Close Panel and Plug Back In
Once your paper is removed close the front panel. Plug the printer back in and turn it on. If the printing process is smooth and you’re able to print, it means that you have officially fixed the printer paper jam problem on your ink jet printer.

Cartridge World Altamonte Springs we are your source for ink and toner.

It’s EASY with Cartridge World

Cartridge World makes it easy for anyone to turn in their empty printer cartridges and get a high quality remanufactured one in their place. All you need to do is swap your empty black or color ink cartridge for one that has been thoroughly tested to ensure it will work properly with your printer. Most Cartridge World stores offer FREE pick-up and delivery to local businesses with a minimum order.  Call us today for details.  (407) 767-0680.

When you use a recycled cartridge you are doing a big favor for the environment.  Did you know that by recycling 1 million ink and toner cartridges saves approximately 19 thousand barrels of oil from being used.  Approximately 3 quarts of oil are used in the manufacture of a toner cartridge.  This means a whole barrel of oil is saved for every 50 cartridges that are re-manufactured instead of new.

Cartridge World Community Rewards!

At Cartridge World, we have programs that allow local community organizations & schools to raise funds by collecting empty printer cartridges and returning them to us. Our recycle programs are simple and requires very little work by your organization or staff.

Recycle Rewards is Easy!

  1. Give us a call & we will provide your organization with Cartridge World recycle bins or boxes.
  2. Get the word out by promoting the program to your group members.
  3. Cartridge World will pick up the cartridges and write your local school or community organization a check!

Contact your local Cartridge World store today to get started.