Printer ink is very expensive which is why many computer users are looking for more affordable options. Some choose to use new cartridges exclusively because new ones are guaranteed to work and consistently deliver a quality product. Others opt to buy refill kits and do it themselves, but they risk making a mess and getting a final product that works in an inferior manner. A final option is purchasing professionally remanufactured ink cartridges.
There are many reasons to choose remanufactured ink cartridges for your printing needs. These are:
1. When you find the right supplier, these cartridges work just as well as new ones.
2. In a throw away world, it is important to buy recycled products and reduce waste while keeping items out of the landfill.
3. Remanufactured ink cartridges dramatically decrease the price of printing.
Here is how the process works.
The Collection Process
Many companies that refill ink cartridges have a purchasing plan in place. When a cartridge runs out of ink, they will buy it back from the consumer. Before you throw away the box that the cartridge came in, check it for information about places that will accept the brand and model that you have for recycling. Or, if you prefer, you can check online and contact recycling centers found on the Internet.
In most cases, the cost of postage will be covered by the recycling company. Consumers will be given the opportunity to send their payment to the charity of their choice. However, cash payments are available as well.
The Cleaning Process
Before refilling, remanufactured ink cartridges must be thoroughly cleaned before they can be refilled. It is this step that separates companies with good products from the bad. The heads often become clogged during use, and it is essential that this area be checked. Every part of the cartridge can be reused, but, since the assembly is quite complex, this step is not a simple one.
The Refilling Process
There are two main types of ink cartridges that are regularly recycled. These are the thermal and piezoelectric. Thermal cartridges work when electricity from the computer heats up the ink and causes it to flow onto the page. In the other, less common type, a crystal known as a piezoelectric is inserted into the nozzle of the cartridge. When the crystal receives energy, it changes its shape and forces the ink in the reservoir to flow.
Each of these cartridge types must be filled in a different way in order to successfully recycle them. That’s why recycling centers are selective about which cartridges they will fill and resell. Differences in quality come into play during this time depending upon the techniques used to refill and the grade and quality of the ink that is used.
This is a good video about how to refill an empty ink toner cartridge from expertvillage,
The Repackaging Process
There is a great deal of controversy when it comes to the repackaging portion of the recycling process. Hewlitt Packard recently filed suit against a couple of companies for the language on the packages. While the repercussions are not yet clear, look for language that clearly states that the cartridge is used and not new equipment.
The Resale Process
Finding remanufactured cartridges is not a problem. They are available online and in many brick and mortar stores. Expect to pay a discounted price when compared to the price of new cartridges. However, you should keep tabs on how many pages you are getting to find out if you are really getting a good deal or not.
To find out how many pages per cartridge you get, count out your paper before adding it to the printer. It’s a simple way to determine if you are getting a good deal or not. Try a few recycled brands before settling on a single supplier.
Consumers often believe that when they buy a product that is ‘used,’ they are stuck with it if it doesn’t work the way that it is supposed to. That is not necessarily true if you are purchasing your cartridges from a reputable company. Keep in mind that large recycling companies have their own quality control processes and they should stand behind their product. If you are disappointed with your results, don’t be afraid to register a complaint.
Like any other product, the adage that you get what you pay for is certainly true when it comes to buying remanufactured ink cartridges. If you buy a product that costs substantially less than most other similar products on the market, the changes are good that it won’t perform as well as you’d hoped. Find a middle ground and buy one at a reasonable price that will give you good volume when it comes to production. Even if you pay a little more for it, you will still come out ahead.
Great HP Printer Ink Recycling Video on YouTube by Innovate360
We also have a blog post regarding, The Proper Way To Recycle Your Printer Ink Toner Cartridges. Read here!