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Why Recycle Empty Ink Cartridges

Each UK household produces over 1 tonne of rubbish annually, amounting to about 31 million tonnes for the UK each year.

Every year, the average dustbin contains enough unrealised energy for 500 baths, 3500 showers or 5,000 hours of television.

If all the aluminium drinks cans sold in the UK were recycled, there would be 14 million fewer full dustbins per year. The total amount of municipal waste has increased to an estimated 29.7 million tonnes in England in 2004/05 compared to 29.1 million tonnes in 2003/04, an increase of 2.1 per cent.

Of some 60 million inkjet cartridges used each year in the UK, only about 10% are recycled. This means that roughly 54 million cartridges get thrown away each year and end up in landfill sites or are incinerated. Inkjet cartridges will take about 1,000 years to decompose in landfill sites.

Sending cartridges to landfill also costs money because of the landfill tax passed on to consumers through council tax or companies' waste collection costs. Please note that we do not recycle laser toner cartridges, only ink cartridges.

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