Our Commitment to the Environment

How cyan, magenta, yellow and black can all be green.

We can’t just make a copy of the planet. It’s the only one we have.

That’s why we provide consumers and businesses with an alternative to reduce the impact of the millions of cartridges that are thrown away and end up in landfill each year. Refilled and re-manufactured printer cartridges ensure these products are reused. That’s worthwhile, because it is estimated to take from 450 to 1000 years for a printer cartridge to break down in landfill.

We are proactive in involving ourselves in community environmental initiatives in many markets, including cartridge collection programs through schools and businesses, and many other local store activities.

As well as being environmentally responsible, our sustainable approach also helps local communities through the provision of employment, as recycling and refilling cartridges creates local jobs.

The problem:

In 2008, 1.9 billion printer cartridges used worldwide.

In 2008 450,000 tonnes of cartridges used worldwide.

If stacked end-to-end, all the printer cartridges used in 2008 would measure 222,400 kms. That’s more than 5 ½ times around the world.

Laser printer cartridges account for over 90% of all throwaway cartridges.

Each inkjet cartridge contributes about 25 grams in landfill waste.

Each discarded laser cartridge adds approximately 1.2 kg of metal and plastic waste to our landfills

Each cartridge takes between 450 to 1000 years to decompose.

The plastic in each new laser toner cartridge takes 4.5 litres of oil to produce, while each new inkjet cartridge requires 70 ml of oil.

What are we doing to help?

We make it easy for anyone to turn in their empty printer cartridges and get a high-quality Cartridge World replacement. You simply exchange your empty one for a previously refilled cartridge that has been thoroughly tested to ensure it will work properly with your printer.

Every Cartridge World product goes through a stringent quality control process to assure the highest quality standards are met, and all of our products and services are covered by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

And every cartridge refilled is one less cartridge going to landfill - and that's a choice you can feel proud of. Share this message with a colleague or friend to help spread the word.

We value our role as a custodian and are doing everything we can to reduce the environmental impact.