Each one counts
Today, over 70% of all empty printer cartridges end up prematurely in landfill sites where they take up to 1,000 years to degrade. As people become more aware of the importance of recycling, the customer is increasingly looking for an environmentally friendly alternative to the expensive brands originally supplied with printers. Few customers understand that cartridges can be reused up to six times. The millions of cartridges we collect are cleaned, refilled with high-quality ink, technically modified where appropriate and thoroughly print tested to ISO standards before being resold in the market. This process is more beneficial for the environment than even the recycling carried out by the original manufacturers, which involves a heat-based industrial process to separate the plastic and metal components which are then melted down to be reused in other products or simply broken into pellets before being discarded as waste and ending up in a landfill again.
By encouraging consumers to buy remanufactured cartridges and return the cartridges back to us when they are empty, we hope to reduce the high volume of non-biodegradable waste that ends up in landfill sites.
We were the first recycler to partner with charities on cartridge collection programmes and today, work with over 180 charities across the UK and continental Europe as well as numerous schools, NHS Trusts and local councils to collect between 5 and 10 million printer cartridges each year. To date, we have donated over £5,000,000 to charities.
Each One Counts is EBP’s web-based charity recycling scheme for printer cartridges and mobile phones –www.eachonecounts.co.uk. Simply visit the website, select the charity of your choice and order recycling bags. We will make a donation to your elected charity every time you return an empty inkjet, laser toner cartridge or mobile phone that we can recycle.
UK Charity Partners
European Charity Partners
Support your school
Support Your School is EBP’s rapidly growing recycling scheme; specially designed for schools to responsibly recycle their used printer cartridges and unwanted mobile phones to raise much needed funds for themselves. A new website was launched in January 2010 with the support of celebrities, Carrie and David Grant. Over 1,000 schools have registered to the scheme so far, see why they are getting involved here.
Recycling Box is EBP’s recycling service for businesses and high volume users of products that are not suitable for remanufacture. EBP operates a zero-landfill policy and gives consumers a genuine alternative to ensuring their waste doesn’t become an environmental hazard.