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Recycling 101: Toner Cartridges

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Is your office attempting to go green in 2019?

Are you looking for more ways you can cut down on trash and other waste as you move towards making your business more environmentally-friendly?

There might be something you’re overlooking - recycling your printer cartridges!

According to Earth 911, “more than 500 million printer cartridges are sold each year in the United States, and more than half – 350 million of those – are sent to landfills. Toner cartridges are both recyclable and reusable, so more eco-friendly options for disposal exist.”

If you want to recycle your cartridges, you have two options: bring them to a retailer to be recycled, or refill them on your own and reuse them.

Is it Better to Recycle or Refill Toner Cartridges?

Reusing ink cartridges definitely creates less waste, but it’s important to remember they can only be refilled a handful of times. To refill your cartridges:

  1. Buy a refill kit at an office supply store, or online.
  2. Make sure to protect your hands!
  3. Remove the cartridge and locate the two refill holes or toner refill port, which might be under the label.
  4. There should be directions included in your kit – make sure you read them carefully to determine exactly how to fill the cartridges you’ve purchased.
  5. Reseal the ink cartridge after refilling it.
  6. Clean the ink refill syringe after each use!

Toner cartridges can’t be reused indefinitely. If you have an inkjet printer, don’t let the ink run out completely before refilling it. Once your inkjet sponge becomes dried out, they can’t be refilled.

Ann Arbor-based MCS is Your One-Stop-Shop for Toner Recycling!

Many retailers have programs where you can bring in your cartridges to participating office supply stores or ship them free of charge. Wouldn’t it be great to have someone pick up your e-waste for FREE? You could reduce your environmental footprint and save money! Recycling your toner cartridges, obsolete computers, monitors, printers, and other office equipment makes a positive impact the environment.

MCS collects empty toner cartridges, obsolete computers, monitors, printers, and other office equipment from our current customers FREE of charge!  Not our customer? We’re happy to pick up your e-waste for $100.  

Send us an email or call us today to find out toner recycling in Ann Arbor!

I have worked with Michigan Computer Supplies for about two and a half years. They supply us with 5-10 toner cartridges each month for about 17 printers, of which some are large volume printers. We use both their refurbished and original manufactured toner depending on the device. I believe the refurbished cartridges work just as good as the originals. We also order Zebra printers and labels, Ethernet cables, bar code scanning devices and more. You name it. They have it. Occasionally we have also purchased printer devices and have had items repaired by them as well. I typically call once a week because we go through so much toner. When I call to let them know that we are getting low on supplies they are very efficient with their response time. Kyle delivers new toner by the next day and removes the old cartridges and recycles them. In addition, Jessica often mentions other cost saving measures such as quantity price breaks or recommends a compatible refurbished cartridge to save money. They try to give their customers the most bang for their buck! They are a great group of people to work with. They are very customer oriented and go above and beyond expectations. We recently had a specialized fax machine stop working that would cost $2,000 to replace. I spoke with Chris and he did some research and within 30 minutes called back with a suggestion of another device that would fit our needs for only $ 400.00! They really care about their customers.

B. Gibson


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