European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers Association
Tel.: +31 6 414 614 63
Fax.: +31 76 56 404 51
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Reuse for a brighter future


Every year in Europe 60% to 70% of empty toner and inkjet cartridges end up being incinerated or landfilled. A shame really, because around 87% could be reused, but the companies that make new cartridges don’t want you to reuse them.


The good news is that up to 25% are being reused, but if we could double this, we could create more jobs here in Europe, we could eliminate any cartridges going to landfill.

Sea Turtle eat plastic bag ocean pollution concept

The sea turtle picture is very emotive but reducing the volume of plastics we produce is crucial to have a better, less polluted world.

Here at ETIRA, we think cartridge reuse is the right way to help.

  1. Reuse is less expensive.

If we landfill cartridges or just recycle them, it means we are still buying new ones, which costs either us, our employers or the planet more. Instead, we can reuse them and save ourselves the cost of having to landfill or recycle them. But don’t stop at cartridges, we can buy used printers and copiers that often have many years of use remaining. You save and at the same time conserve resources.

2.     Reuse uses less energy.

Making new cartridges, even from recycled materials requires more energy.

Recycling used anything is energy intensive. You need to heat it until it melts and then makes it into whatever it becomes. Sometimes hazardous chemicals need to be added to the recycling process to make plastics less brittle. It is inevitable that a lot of embedded energy lost every time we recycle rather than reuse these items.

3.     Reuse causes less (or no) pollution.

Manufacturing new products and even recycling require more energy to accomplish, and it comes with its own share of pollution. Reusing cartridges doesn’t create pollution. Reusing cartridges can reduce the carbon footprint by up to 65%.

4.     Reuse puts you in charge.

Buying new cartridges from the printer manufacturer is incredibly expensive, so we all think twice before we buy replacements. Reused cartridges offer excellent quality and will last just as long as a new cartridge and are invariably less expensive. Something we all appreciate.

5.     Reuse creates more jobs.

If we double reuse in Europe, we could generate 16,000+ more artisan skilled jobs. People that pay taxes and contribute to the reuse economy.


6.     Reuse is better than…reuse2

You can find incredibly cheap single-use cartridges on Amazon and eBay. The price is so low, you think it’s a bargain, but it isn’t. These cheap cartridges often contain banned substances, and the companies may not be registered under the WEEE directive. They are not paying their share of the EU wide WEEE recycling costs, which can be around €8 per cartridge. It is easy to spot the so-called “free riders” they don’t want to take your empty cartridge back cartridges and can’t give you details of their WEEE registration details.


For visitors with colour blindness, the above text is in red, as in STOP, just like the traffic light.

7.     Reuse for a brighter future


Want to know more?

Contact one of our members; you can find their details on the home page

Or contact us

European Toner & Inkjet Remanufacturers’ Association, Vincent van Dijk, Secretary General, Grieglaan 7 , 4837 CB Breda, The Netherlands . Tel.: +31 6 414 614 63 . Fax.: +31 76 56 404 51 .
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