Tuesday, 30 August 2011



Remanufactured cartridges have been recycled to meet or exceed OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) specifications. When an empty cartridge is returned they are taken apart and cleaned, all of the old seals are removed, the wipers, drum and rollers are removed. The recycling and reprocessing process involves disassembling, inspecting, replacing worn parts, reassembling, and filling the toner or ink. Once the remanufacturing process is complete, the cartridge is then print tested, sealed, and packaged for resale, in clean environmental factory conditions.

They are manufactured under ISO 9001 international standards with page yields equal to, and in some cases higher than the originals. These cartridges will cost you about 40 to 60 percent less than using an genuine cartridges, which in themselves often partly use generic components.

They should not be confused with refills, which is where bore holes are placed in cartridges to refill them, and then plugged up. Refills do not have a high reliability level.

 Remanufactured cartridges are also very "Green" or environmentally friendly. It takes approximately 2 litres of oil to manufacture a brand new toner cartridge and thousands of  tonnes of wasted cartridges are taking up space in land fills each year. 

There are organizations such as Planet Ark  that you can leave your used cartridges at for recycling. They advise, "Through our hugely successful and innovative 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program, we've recycled over 15 million printer cartridges!" 

Australians throw away more than 18 million printer cartridges every year. This amounts to over 5,000 tonnes of material, including laser toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges, photocopier toner bottles and drums, that will eventually end up in landfill.
When printer cartridges break apart in landfill, they have the potential to contaminate groundwater and the environment.

For your printer cartridge requirements, visit ABC Printsupplies 

Tony Cotton