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Advantages of Using Remanufactured Cartridges

Remanufacturers inspect empty cartridges for damage and then repair or replace broken parts, thoroughly clean the reusable components, and refill the cartridge with new toner. Using remanufactured cartridges has significant economic and environmental advantages:

  • Remanufactured cartridges save money. Recycled cartridges are from 30 to 60 percent less expensive on a cost per copy basis.1 King County, Washington, procured its remanufactured toner cartridges through a long-term contract at about a third the price of new, saving $350,000 on 4000 units.2
  • Remanufactured cartridges create jobs. Purchasing remanufactured toner and inkjet cartridges and recycling the empties are two ways to create jobs and strengthen the local economy. In 1998, there were more than 6000 remanufacturers in the US, most of which were locally owned businesses.3
  • Remanufactured cartridges save energy. Approximately three quarts of oil are burned in the production of a single new toner cartridge. A used cartridge can be remanufactured up to four times, depending on type and condition, saving up to three quarts of fuel each time.4
  • Remanufacturing minimizes waste. Remanufacturing cartridges decreases the amount of plastic, steel, aluminum, and rubber sent to landfills and burned in incinerators. According to Recharger Magazine, cartridge remanufacturing reduced municipal solid waste by almost 38,000 tons in 1998.5

    1 "Toner Cartridges," The Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide, Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance, December 2000, http://www.swmcb.org/eppg/6_4.asp.

    2 " "Laser Printer Toner Cartridges, Remanufactured," King County, Washington, Environmental Purchasing Program, December 2000, http://www.metrokc.gov/procure/green/tonecart.htm

    3 "1998 Market Analysis," Recharger Magazine, September 1998.

    4 "Why Buy Remanufactured?" Recharger Magazine, December 2000, http://www.rechargermag.com/

    5 "1998 Market Analysis," Recharger Magazine.

 ARTICLE FROM: inform.org

Buying remanufactured toner cartridges and recycling empty cartridges are easy ways to reduce the environmental impact of these products.While saving substantial amounts of money, Any office equipment that uses a toner cartridge, rather than requiring toner to be added to the machine,
should be able to use a remanufactured toner cartridge. Many toner cartridge remanufacturers both supply customers with remanufactured toner cartridges and collect spent cartridges.

This Fact Sheet provides important information for those wishing to purchase remanufactured toner cartridges.

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 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
97% Recyclable
The typical used toner cartridge weighs about 3 pounds and is composed of 40% plastic, 40% metal, and smaller percentages of rubber, paper, foam, and toner.The plastic is made of engineering-grade polymers and takes at least 1,000 years to decompose. However, approximately 97% of these combined components can be recycled and reused.

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.

7) Evaluating Remanufacturers
Most remanufacturers are reliable and provide quality toner cartridges that meet or exceed OEM standards. Some companies, however, simply drill a hole in the side of the cartridge and refill it with toner, failing to clean and repair broken parts. These “drill and fill” operations do not produce quality remanufactured toner cartridges. Also be aware that some products perform better than others. It is important to get references from suppliers and test several products before purchasing significant quantities of any model or brand


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