Consider these cartridge-related facts: The number of cartridges discarded in North American landfills each year increases by 12 percent annually On average, eight cartridges per second are thrown away in the United States. It takes about a gallon of oil to make a new laser cartridge. A laser cartridge thrown into landfill can take up to 450 years to decompose. Some components made of industrial grade plastics will take over a thousand years to decompose. Every remanufactured laser cartridge saves nearly 2.5 pounds of metal and plastic waste from being deposited in landfills. 70 percent of used printer cartridges throughout the world are currently being thrown out. In one year, if the world’s discarded cartridges were stacked end-to-end; they would circle the earth over three times.