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The Importance of Recycling Toner Cartridges

Working on a recycling plan is a great way to get employees involved in making your small business more eco-friendly! 

Not only will this practice save you money over time, but it’s a great way to create good press for your business, and to do your part to help our environment.

When your toner cartridges are empty and the time to dispose them arrives, you might be wondering how to do it responsibly. There are many benefits to recycling toner cartridges, allowing individuals and organizations alike to contribute positively to our communities.

How to Implement an Office-Wide Recycling Program

Recycling in general is a great way to bring your office together for a cause. You might be doing this already – having a recycling area for scrap paper, or bottles and cans in the office kitchen. Why not start doing this with ink cartridges too?

Here’s why recycling printer ink is important:

  1. Nearly 8 cartridges are thrown away per second in the United States alone.
  2. It takes one gallon of oil to make a mew laser cartridge.
  3. About 70 percent of used printer cartridges are being thrown away instead of recycled.
  4. A laser cartridge in landfill can take up to 450 (!) years to decompose, but some components can take over 1,000 years!

According to, only around 30% of cartridges are recycled, which leaves a great opportunity for organizations and businesses like yours to participate in recycling programs.

Encourage your staff to recycle cartridges after they’re no longer usable instead of throwing them away!

How to Recycle Your Empty Toner Cartridges

There are many options for recycling empty toner cartridges that you can take advantage of! From bringing empty cartridges to an office supply store to recycling by mail programs, there is no shortage of ways you can participate to make the world a greener place.

If you are an MCS customer, we can help your company go green and save you money through our products and services, including FREE e-waste disposal. For those businesses that don’t already partner with us, we’re happy to pick up cartridges and other e-waste for $100.  Being kind to the environment is part of our Culture of Kindness. We are all in this together.

Learning more is as easy as calling us at 734-213-5400 or sending us an email. See how we can help with toner cartridges for your Ann Arbor business today!

We have purchased printer ink cartridges from MCS and I believe also copier toner. We have ordered color paper with them in the past. They donate white copy paper to us as a non-profit. The folks at Michigan Computer Supplies are remarkably easy to work with, super nice, and quick! They get back to me right away and deliver immediately it seems. And as a non-profit theater, they are very supportive. They are generous to all of us in the non-profit world. This is the ideal business model, as far as I'm concerned: really friendly people, great customer service and support of us little guys.

Suzi Peterson, Managing Director Ann Arbor Civic Theatre


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