How to Recycle Toner and Be Sustainable with a Managed Print Service

Henry Bevan, October 8, 2019

Organisations are trying to become more sustainable after waking up to the damaging effect plastic is having on the environment. Read on to learn how recycling your spent toner cartridges with a Managed Print Service improves your green footprint…

The world is drowning in plastic. By 2050, it’s predicted there will be more plastic bottles in the sea than fish, meaning all sea birds will have plastic in their stomachs.

We’ve all been shocked by the devastating scenes witnessed in Blue Planet 2. Consumers are turning against single-use plastic, opting for reusable tubbs, wax sandwich wraps and shampoo bars. 

But, what are businesses doing?

There’s no doubt offices across the country can reduce the volume of plastic flooding out of their doors. By taking stock of their inventory, organisations can pinpoint changes to make them more sustainable. Recycling toner cartridges is sure footed step to sustainability success. 

So, how do you recycle toner cartridges? With a Managed Print Service.


It’s probably not the first thing you think of when you think of sustainable printing. However, paper is one of the most sustainable materials on the planet (easily recyclable and most manufacturers plant trees to offset their emissions).

At the moment, only 25% of the 60,000,000 toner cartridges in Europe every year are recycled. This creates a lot of unnecessary waste, especially as 97% of toners can be recycled. The problem is, the heavy-duty plastic and special films complicate the process and many consumables can be rejected from general recycling. This makes toner a single-use plastic that can take up to 1000 years to decompose.

ITEC can take this pain away from you. On a Managed Print Service, when you run out of toner, we take your spent cartridges and give them a new lease of life. We clean, refill, test and send your toner either back to you or onto another organisation. Whatever happens, this piece of plastic doesn’t end up in the ocean.

A Managed Print Service also embeds recycled toner into your wider print infrastructure. We reduce your energy expenditure by merging your printers, photocopiers and scanners into multi-function devices and install limits to make sure no unsanctioned printing takes place. With regulated -- and less -- use, we’ve enabled you to make your toner go further than ever before. Your scatter gun printing strategy is no more and your organisation can now run on all (eco-friendly) cylinders. 

Beyond recycling your toner as part of ITEC’s Managed Print Service, we’ve made sustainability a key part of our service offering. We refurbish older machines with modern, eco-friendly parts. Don’t panic, we recycle the parts we can’t save. We avoid landfill at all costs, sending the refurbished machines back out into the world as courtesy printers.


If you would like to recycle your toner with ITEC’s Managed Print Service, get in touch with your local Account Management team today...

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