A half gallon of oil is conserved for each laser cartridge that is returned for re-manufacturing, not to mention the space saved in our land-fills!

Over 375 million empty toner cartridges and ink cartridges are thrown into the trash every year in the U.S.  Most of these printer cartridges end up on landfill sites or in incinerators.

375 million cartridges amount to roughly 11 cartridges being disposed of every second.  If you put all these cartridges end to end they would cover a distance encircling the earth over three times.

The plastics used in printer cartridges are made of an engineering grade polymer that have a very slow decomposing rate ranging between 450 to 1000 years depending on the cartridge type.  Ink cartridges may also leak printer ink, polluting the surrounding environment.

The recovery, reuse and recycling of all these empty printer cartridges will save tax dollars since we all pay taxes for landfills through waste management costs.

By recycling printer cartridges, we conserve natural resources and energy by reducing the need for virgin materials.  Up to 97 percent of the materials that make up a printer cartridge can be recycled or reused if taken care of.

By purchasing and returning printer cartridges you support the local economy.  The re-manufacturing business employs thousands of people spread out over many smaller and locally owned companies.

Columbia Cartridge, LLC

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