Printer toner is a major contributor to electronic waste, which is already a major worldwide problem. 60-80% of toner cartridges end up in landfills. To put that percentage into perspective, an estimated 375 million toner cartridges don’t get recycled into usable plastic products. Recycling doesn’t just reduce waste, it can also reduce the cost of replacement products by giving manufacturers incentives to re-use recyclable materials.
How Much Can Toner Recycling Help the Environment?
Recycling of any kind has a positive impact on the environment. This is true for plastic, metal, and any other recyclable material. Recycling toner cartridges is uniquely valuable because of the sheer volume of materials that currently go to waste, polluting landfills and encouraging the manufacture of brand-new toner cartridges.
Printer toner has a significant effect on the environment. Consider the materials contained in every 100,000 recycled cartridges:
- 9,599 kilograms of recycled aluminum.
- 40 tons of recycled plastic.
- 1,000,000 liters of recycled oil.
Every cartridge not recycled emits greenhouse gases. A single cartridge emits 4.8 kilograms of CO2 during its lifetime. Assuming a single manufacturer produces 200,000 toner cartridges every month, that indicates an energy output equal to the energy draw of 500 American homes.
Through recycling, manufacturers can reduce their dependence on natural resources when making new cartridges. Creating a brand new cartridge of toner requires minerals, water, petroleum, and other materials. Recycling helps manufacturers reuse whatever they can from cartridges that have already been used – particularly the cartridge casing, which is perfectly reusable without any additional processing.
This is just one of the ways recycling helps environment while cutting manufacturing costs. Remanufacturing represents an even greater value for organizations that rely on print. This allows significant savings to pass on from manufacturers to their office customers and then to consumers. Remanufactured cartridges typically command lower prices compared to brand new OEM toner cartridges.
Manufacturers and vendors have realized the negative impact toner cartridges have on the environment. This creates incentives for them to adopt business practices that promote toner recycling, leading to more sustainable environmental initiatives across the entire industry.
DME’s Environmental Sustainability Initiative
As a toner cartridge vendor, DME takes pride in offering products that are environmentally friendly. Our organization understands the need for businesses to pay attention to their carbon footprint. This prompts organizations to be more responsible while also allowing their partners to do the same. We promote environmental sustainability through:
- Using Energy Star Certified Products. DME exclusively uses and sells products that are Energy Star certified. These products use less energy and cost less to operate the non-Energy Star alternatives.
- Using Responsible Materials. Our products are easy to disassemble and safe to dispose.
- Recycling Toner for Our Clients. DME uses recycled toner cartridges whenever it can.
- Reducing Paper Use. We implement digital document solutions for our clients that reduce paper waste and improve efficiency.
- Managed Print Services. We offer managed print services that reduce print costs and eliminate inefficiencies.
- Carpooling. DME encourages its employees to carpool to work.
- Community Initiative. DME has contributed to the setting up of recycling centers for bottles, paper, plastic, and cans.
DME’s partnerships with Toshiba and Sharp form the foundation of a powerful environmental network. These partners are full participants in our environmental sustainability initiatives.
Toshiba’s Approach to Improved Environmental Management
Toshiba has a pronounced stance on environmental management. Toshiba leadership takes issues related to the environment very seriously. They understand that while their products enhance human life, their manufacturing processes must do the same for the global environment. Toshiba accomplishes this by constantly enhancing its manufacturing processes. For example, Toshiba is committed to:
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing
- Collecting recycled Toshiba OEM products for recycling and remanufacturing
- Reducing water waste through high-efficiency manufacturing processes
- Mitigating climate change through smart energy initiatives
- Using resources effectively and efficiency
- Properly managing and disposing of chemicals
- Building Energy Star-certified products
Sharp’s Green Shared Value
Sharp understands the need for technology solutions that are environmentally friendly. The world faces many environmental issues from energy consumption to the shortage of water. That is why Sharp follows business activities that promote its environmental policy, Green Shared Value. This policy states that Sharp:
- Manufactures products that are environmentally conscious
- Efficiently uses energy and materials during the manufacturing process
- Avoids greenhouse gas emissions. Sharp’s energy-saving products have saved 16.6 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
DME, Sharp, and Toshiba have all taken steps towards environmental sustainability. Together, we have employed practices to manufacture and sell products that are environmentally friendly.
Learn more about DME’s environmental initiatives and find out how we can help you make your office greener and leaner by talking to one of our efficiency experts today.