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The typical toner cartridge weighs approximately 3 pounds and is composed mostly of plastic, metal, and small percentages of rubber, paper, and foam. A large portion of this material can be broken down, recycled, and reused to make other products or additional toner cartridges.
Don't throw out your spent cartridges in the trash! Besides being illegal to do so in some locations, some schools and non-profit organizations will accept them to earn "Technology Credits" with which they can purchase new equipment!
Some businesses will actually pay you for your spent toner cartridges. Although you may only get a fraction of the purchase price, these little bits can add up quickly!
American Printer Service, Inc. does not offer reimbursement for spent toner cartridges but we will gladly accept spent cartridges from our customers and insure that they are disposed of properly.
If you're a resident of Oregon and you have computers, monitors, and TV's to recycle, you can do it free at Oregon E-Cycles. Currently this program does not include printers but will in 2015.
American Printer Service, Inc. - Environmental Practices
American Printer Service, Inc. and its employees are proud inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest. Many of our employees regularly enjoy the immense beauty surrounding us. Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Crater Lake are just a few of the vast natural landscapes adding to the year-round beauty enjoyed by thousands of Oregonians and Washingtonians daily. Our employees actively utilize the wilderness for hiking, rock climbing, running, skiing, snowboarding, camping, and much, much more! We believe it is the duty of every person to help preserve the environment for generations to come.
It is an unfortunate part of our business here at American Printer Service, Inc. that we deal with products that are made of materials which have earned a bad reputation due to their impact on the environment. The good news though, is that technology is getting better and much of the hard, industrial strength plastics of the past have been replaced by lighter, more environmentally friendly materials. Spent toner cartridges have always been at the forefront of avid environmentalists' movements to keep landfills... well, unfilled. Small businesses like ours are often left in the middle of the debate, wanting to do the environmentally sound thing but many times having to choose the alternate route because of product availability, or quality, or even just price.
American Printer Service, Inc. is committed to helping offset its environmental impact in the following ways. We encourage employees at our offices to practice sound recycling procedures for all in-house generated trash by providing them with onsite recycling stations for most consumable items. We also have a longstanding relationship with C&M Recycling, a locally owned and operated recycling business. We count on them to recycle our used and damaged printer components in a responsible and sustainable manner. We also offer our toner cartridge customers the option of returning spent ink and toner cartridges to us at no cost for recycling, effectively negating the temptation to just throw it into the trash can (American Printer Service, Inc. does not collect used cartridges for use in the manufacturing or reselling of its own toner cartridges due to our experience that using such used components greatly increases the change of cartridge failure. We use a third part recycler to recycle spent toner cartridges that are returned to us by our customers.).
Although we admit that we will probably never be able to completely offset our own environmental impact, we are trying. As new technology arises, we hope to continue to be a responsible business committed to taking care of our surrounding environment.
For current customers of American Printer Service, Inc., you can email us for a Return Label if you'd like to return spent cartridges. The Return Label will allow you to have the cartridge(s) shipped to our Corporate Offices at no cost to you for recycling.
American Printer Service, Inc. also encourages its employees to support and volunteer for local organizations who have Mission Statements that include caring for and protecting the environment. Besides volunteering, many of our employees also help support such non-profit organizations with either time, money, or other resources. We remain committed to helping keep our planet beautiful for years to come!
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