Lasting Impressions

     What do you do with your ink cartridges?  I confess to buying new ink cartridges for our computer at Voyageur but I am sure to bring them to the kid’s school for them to be recycled.  My favorite daily e-mail provided some information for me that might just get me filling my own.

The Bite
Ink cartridges will – they take eons to decompose. Recycle your old ones, and next time you buy, go with refilled cartridges, which work just like conventional ones and cost less.

The Benefits

  • Saving money. Recycled cartridges cost up to 75% less than new ones.
  • Smaller landfills. An average ink cartridge takes about 450 years to decompose.
  • Conserving oil. Recycling an ink cartridge can save 3 qt of oil.
  • Simplicity. Ordering refills online and mailing in your used ones is 99.9% easier than getting your ex-lover’s name removed from your butt.
  • If 10,000 Biters recycle their old laser cartridge, we’ll save enough refined oil to fill 1,500 water-cooler jugs.

Wanna Try?

  • Cartridge World – enter your zip to find a location near you. Also provides cartridge-recycling bins for your office.
  • Carrot Ink – buy remanufactured ink cartridges for every style of printer online.
  • FundingFactory – schools and non-profits can earn free electronics or cash by collecting ink cartridges for recycling.
  • HP Supplies Recycling – HP users can request free, postage-paid mailers to send in used cartridges.