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Did you know that 70 percent of used print cartridges end up in the landfill? The environmental impact of printing, particularly the disposal of ink and toner cartridges, is often overlooked. Recycling ink and toner cartridges is not only a responsible environmental practice but also brings about other benefits that contribute to a sustainable future. Here are five reasons why individuals and businesses alike need to prioritize the recycling of ink and toner cartridges.

1. Environmental Impact – One of the most significant reasons to recycle ink and toner cartridges is the positive impact it has on the environment. These cartridges contain materials that can take up to 1000 years to decompose in landfills. By recycling them, we can significantly reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, subsequently lowering environmental pollution and conserving natural resources. The energy and resources saved through the recycling process further contribute to a healthier planet for future generations.

2. Conservation of Natural Resources – The manufacturing of ink and toner cartridges involves the need for natural resources, including petroleum, water, and metals. By recycling cartridges, we can minimize the need for raw materials, leading to conservation of these valuable resources.

3. Reduction of Air and Water Pollution – Improper disposal of ink and toner cartridges can result in air and water pollution due to the release of toxic substances from the cartridges as they degrade over time. Recycling these cartridges prevents pollutants from leaching into the environment, safeguarding both air and water quality.

4. Economic Benefits – Recycling ink and toner cartridges also presents economic advantages, especially for businesses. Through recycling programs and initiatives, companies can save on the costs of purchasing new cartridges while contributing to their corporate social responsibility efforts. Moreover, some recycling programs offer incentives or rewards for returning used cartridges, leading to cost savings and a positive environmental impact.

5. Sustainable Business Practices – For businesses, integrating ink and toner cartridge recycling into their sustainability initiatives is a testament to their commitment to eco-friendly practices. Embracing recycling not only aligns with corporate social responsibility goals but also resonates with environmentally conscious consumers and stakeholders. It becomes a part of a larger sustainability strategy that reflects positively on the company’s reputation.

By actively participating in recycling initiatives, we can collectively work towards a more sustainable and environmentally conscientious society. The impact of this simple yet impactful act of recycling printer cartridges can help shape a brighter and cleaner future for generations to come.

At UBS we’re proud to offer our customers our complimentary Zero Landfill Program that surpasses current practices and eliminates the need to burn, export, or send any component of a used print cartridge to the landfill. Download our Zero Landfill brochure to learn more!

About United Business Systems

United Business Systems specializes in simplifying the complexity and management of office technology solutions for over 7,800 organizations nationwide. Services include Managed Print, Document Management and IT Services. Products include MFPs, Copiers, Printers and Wide Format Printers. UBS’s headquarters is in Fairfield, NJ with branch offices in Moorestown, NJ, Manasquan, NJ and New York.

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