Why should I recycle my empty ink cartridges?

If you have always been tossing your empty ink cartridges in the trash, you’re not alone. Some studies show that 60-80% of empty ink cartridges find their way to a landfill. It is definitely a disappointing fact considering how damaging these empty cartridges are for our environment.

ecycle empty ink cartridges

What you should understand is that inkjet cartridges are made using the plastic, which is a petroleum-based product. This plastic takes about 1,000 years to decompose, and if you throw them into the recycle bin, the chances are that they will end up in incinerators or landfills.

Here are some of the most important reasons why you should consider recycling your empty ink cartridges.

  • The biggest advantage of recycling is that it reduces water and air pollution associated with incineration, landfilling, or the manufacturing of new cartridges.
  • By choosing to recycle your empty ink cartridges, you will help conserve natural resources such as water, timber, minerals, oil, and more. It’s obvious that you don’t need to use these natural resources if you don’t have to produce new cartridges.
  • It will always leave a positive impact on the energy use – it saves more energy than you might think.
  • By recycling, you will play a part in keeping emissions of greenhouse gases to its minimum – this will also help resolve the issue of global climate change.
  • By recycling your empty ink cartridges, you will be playing a huge role in sustaining the environment for our future generations.


It is worth mentioning that contrary to popular belief, recycled or remanufactured cartridges are quite like the new ones.  It means you don’t have to sacrifice quality when you buy remanufactured cartridges; in fact, you will be saving money and doing your environment a huge favor because it takes more than three pounds of resources to make a brand new cartridge, and you will be saving it all by recycling your empty cartridges.

How to print from the internet

With all the navigating and exploring of the internet, you will soon come across a page that would like to keep in the old-fashioned way – in a paper format. That’s exactly when you will have to make use of your printer. It is easy to operate a printer while working on a document stored on your PC, but you may have to deal with certain issues when printing the web pages.


The interesting thing is that different browsers allow you to save an entire page or any part of it, including graphics, text, or links. Once you know what to do, it will become extremely simple to use your printer every time you find something worth printing. Here’s how you should proceed.


  • The first thing you should bear in mind is that most web pages are often bigger than an A4 page, which means it’s not easy to guess how many pages you will get of print. The best thing is to first use “Print Preview” option and then ‘Print’.
  • In any browser, you will find the “Print’ icon – it’s usually under ‘File’ tab on your browser. Once you click the Icon, you will also find a drop-down menu. Click Print Preview.
  • This will give you a preview of how much of a web page is going to be printed on one page. It is possible to see the number of pages the printer is going to print by checking page numbers at the bottom of your screen.
  • You may also click the Print button and check the dialogue box that lets you select the number of pages you want printed. You will also find some radio buttons that allow you to select the content that you want on the printout. Once you’re sure of everything, simply click ‘Print’ – that’s pretty much it!

How to Save money when printing


Considering the fact that printer ink runs you about £25 to £35 per minuscule cartridge, producing around 400 to 1000 printed pages, it makes sense to find a way to lower the cost of printing. Interestingly, there has been a 30% increase in ink prices since 2009, which means things are going to be even expensive in the future.

Here are a few paper-saving tips that will ultimately help you save more money.

  • Even if printing is a substantial business expense, you should learn to have more control over it. It is true that you cannot stop printing mailing labels, packing slips, legal paperwork, and much more, but you can definitely avoid printing maps, memos, baseball scores, and other “interesting articles” that should have not been printed, as they only fill up the recycling bins in your office.
  • You may consider using a duplexing printer that can use both sides of a page for printing. It allows you to cram more info onto each side of the page.
  • Using the option to shrink to fit on one page is a good paper-saving trick. By activating this option, you will be able to print more on fewer pages – the printer will not use a new page just to print a few lines.

It is also possible to save money by saving ink. Here’s what you need to do.

  • Check and change the font of your document. By using a small font that is readable and still keeps your letter to one page, you will be able to save a lot of ink and print more pages in the end.
  • It is possible to save ink and money by printing in lower quality draft mode – you may also want to print in ‘black and white’ to save ink.
  • Whether you’re using a laser printer or an Inkjet, you may save money by investing on cheap cartridges from third parties. It is easy to find non-OEM ink for a range of printer models – you can produce good quality prints with these cartridges and still save money that you would otherwise be spending on branded ink cartridges.