In 2006 approximately 120 million laser toner and inkjet cartridges were sold throughout Europe. Regrettably, only about 25% of these units were recovered for re-use (the preferred EU recycling solution).
Each year, our partner recycling company prevents approximately 2,500 tonnes of printer consumables entering the waste stream. They were the first recycler to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard, their site uses green renewable energy and they continuously strive to ensure that all products used on site are recycled therefore reducing our impact on climate change. As a company we are also in the process of reviewing our carbon footprint and making proactive steps to reduce it in both our warehouses and local stores.
Whilst the collection and re-sale of used printer cartridges is a commercial activity, the benefit to the environment is incontrovertible.