27 August 2012 - A new study of 1,500 employees across the UK which was commissioned by Cartridge World has revealed that businesses and consumers could save millions by recycling ink cartridges.
Currently, most cartridges in the UK are still thrown away, with only around 30% being recycled. This accounts for a massive 45 million non-biodegradable cartridges being sent to land fill, many of which contain plastic components which will take up to 1,000 years to decompose.
The research also found that awareness of recycling in workplaces needs to be boosted, since a majority of 57% of employees who took place in the study were unsure about whether their office had a recycling policy in place.
Nevertheless, 79% of British workers thought recycling was important in their workplace, but 40% admitted more could be done to become eco-friendly.
In terms of statistical examples reflecting the amount of money that could be saved by recycling ink cartridges alone, Cartridge World helped UK consumers save over £11 million in the last year, with businesses accounting for a £6 million saving on their printer cartridges.
John Richardson, UK Chairman for Cartridge World, commented: “The new figures are interesting as we have been able to show the importance of recycling and how it can affect companies’ bottom lines.”