De-inking of Ink Cartridges as a process
of Ink Cartridge Recycling
This is a process which involves dismantling of printer cartridges and toners in a safe and secure manner. In this process all the ink powder is separated and stored in safe containers and the same is disposed to TSDF.
This process uses Compressed air through air from air compressor to blow the ink separate from the cartridges, the ink is then collected in the collection tank below.
Environmental Impact of Empty Cartridges
Both laser printers and inkjet printers use removable cartridges to print. These cartridges hold either the toner (for Laser printers) or ink (for Inkjet printers), and both are harmful to the environment when they end up in the trash.
Laser printer toner is a powdered mixture of plastic polymer particles, carbon, and coloring agents/dyes. These Micro plastics are warned which make up the majority of debris found in our oceans and lakes. Like other plastics, laser toner takes a long time (Up to 1,000 years) to biodegrade and ends up sitting in landfills instead
Harmful to the Environment
Toners and inks both use certain dyes that can be toxic to the environment too, including reactive red 23 dye, acid yellow 23 dye, and direct blue 199 dye. These carcinogenic compounds are known as volatile organic compounds. Each printer cartridge thrown away (which includes 375 million empty cartridges each year, 70% of which are never properly disposed of or recycled) must be replaced by a new one.
Manufacturing a new printer ink or toner cartridge consumes between three ounces and three quarts of oil, depending on the cartridge. When you also factor in the extra toner or ink left in so-called empty cartridges, the waste is significant.
How to recycle Ink Cartridges
Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to recycle empty cartridges through recycling programs. It may be tempting to refill them manually, but this isn’t recommended.
Printer cartridges store ink and toner in sealed containers to protect them from clogging by environmental factors. Exposure to air can dry liquid ink and clump powdered toner through atmospheric humidity
Prakruthi Recycling accepts any condition of empty ink or toner cartridge, even damaged ones. Recycled cartridges in our recycling program go through a more stringent process . Empty cartridges are disassembled and cleaned.
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