Why Buying Remanufactured Cartridges is Good for the Environment?

Why Buying Remanufactured Cartridges is Good for the Environment?


Recycled printer cartridges are technically called “remanufactured printer cartridges”. These remanufactured cartridges are used in replacement of genuine or OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) cartridges that are reprocessed and then refilled with new ink or toner for re-sale hence the terms “recycled cartridges”, “eco-friendly cartridges” and “environmental-friendly cartridges” are given to it.


1) Quality

When remanufactured by reputable companies exercising good quality control, remanufactured toner cartridges will perform as well as, or better than, new cartridges. Almost all suppliers will guarantee that the quality of their remanufactured toner cartridges will match or exceed that of an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Remanufactured toner cartridges should not damage the copy machine or printer. Printer damage resulting from a defective toner cartridge is rare and  usually very minor. A properly remanufactured cartridge is no more likely to cause damage to a machine than a new cartridge. Additionally, antitrust legislation prohibits copier and printer manufacturers from voiding their warranties when remanufactured toner cartridges are used in their machine

2) The Remanufacturing Process

In general, used cartridges undergoing remanufacturing are first disassembled and the parts are inspected. Key parts include the drum, corona wire assembly, wiper blade, and roller. Worn or defective parts are replaced, and the cartridge is cleaned, refilled, and reassembled. Toner cartridges can be remanufactured several times.

3) Cost

Remanufactured toner cartridges save money. Remanufactured cartridges cost 30% to 60% less on a per copy basis than non-remanufactured cartridges. Some cartridge remanufacturers will accept used cartridges at no cost, or even buy them back or provide a credit, depending on the model, therefore saving you even more money

4) Environmental Benefits

By recycling and reusing toner cartridges, thousands of empty cases are diverted from being thrown into landfills every year. The cartridges are made with plastics, metals, paper, toner, and foam. All of these have an impact on the environment when thrown out, but the plastic in particular takes over 1,000 years to decompose. Saving just a few cartridges from the landfills has a substantial impact on the environment.

5) Conserves Resources

Accordingly, using remanufactured toner cartridges reduces pollution and waste by minimizing the amount of materials, such as plastic, steel, aluminum, and rubber, disposed of in landfills. It also conserves natural resources by eliminating the need for virgin materials used to make new cartridges. For each pound of new material used in remanufacturing, 5 to 9 pounds of virgin materials are conserved.

6) Saves Energy

Using remanufactured toner cartridges also saves energy. Approximately 3 quarts of oil are burned in the production of a single new toner cartridge. A used toner cartridge can be remanufactured up to four times, depending on its type and condition, thus potentially saving up to 12 quarts of fuel.

It’s like Going Green while saving some Green.