Recycling Your Printer Cartridges – Berto Finds a Way
It does not take long for those who get involved in environmental sustainability or reducing rubbish to come across the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. These three words describe the core components of an environmentally responsible response to consuming and destroying everyday items, including printer cartridges.
As Berto discovered this month.
Recycling, while preferable to producing landfill waste, should actually be the second priority after reusing. A handy reference to this topic can be found on the Clearance Solutions website.
- Recycling means turning an item into raw materials which can be used again, usually for a completely new product. This is an energy-consuming procedure; whereas
- Reusing refers to using an object as it is without treatment. This reduces pollution and waste, thus making it a more sustainable process.
Find tips on how to recycle more effectively here.
Any item in good condition can be reused
The reusing process is not about repurposing the materials an object is made of, but repurposing the very object itself. This includes buying and selling used goods and repairing items rather than discarding them. There are also lots of online platforms that can aid this by allowing users to borrow, rent or sell any unwanted items that are still in good condition.
Reusing is better than recycling because it saves the energy that comes with having to dismantle and re-manufacture products. It also significantly reduces waste and pollution because it reduces the need for raw materials, saving both forests and water supplies.
Read more about why you should reuse before you recycle here