Taking a step away from all of the world-changing market disruption from solar panels, wind turbines, and electric cars, I think it’s important once in awhile for us to promote some more mundane but still important green technologies and activities. Countless printer cartridges run out every day. Unfortunately, a ton of people take the old ones out and toss them in the garbage. Not cool.
To help combat that problem, a printer cartridge company recently passed along some useful info on recycling printer cartridges. According to the image below, 23.3 million printer cartridges are consumed annually in Australia alone. Approximately 75% of those used printer cartridges end up in landfill — a shocking statistic as it can take anywhere from 500 to 1,000 years for these to decompose. Without proper education on the correct method of disposing of used printer cartridges, many households and businesses may assume they can be recycled via standard means of recycling other household and business waste — via the recycle bins provided. This is not the case, however, and the only proper way of recycling printer cartridges is to send them to the appropriate recycling centres.
One such organisation aimed at spreading awareness of how to properly recycle printer cartridges is Cartridges Direct, which says it created the graphic below in order to educate people on not only how to properly recycle their used cartridges, but also the possible detrimental effects of these cartridges ending up as landfill. Check it out:
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