We want your empty HP toner cartridges!

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 | Toner Cartridge Recycling | No Comments

We’re now providing a free shipping label to purchase your empty toner cartridges for select HP models. We’ve always bought HP empty toner cartridges, but now we need your empties more than ever, so we’re providing shipping labels to pickup your empties. For more on our ECP (Empty Cartridge Purchase) program check out ECP Section on our website.

In talking with our customers, most customers felt it just wasn’t worth packaging and shipping their empty toner cartridges to us once they paid shipping. Hopefully by providing a free shipping label more customers will sell their empties to us for remanufacturing.

Click here for our current HP ECP Pricelist.

Free Shipping Label – These empties qualify for a free shipping label

HP 8000, 5Si – C3909AHP 4100, 4150 – C8061X

HP 4000, 4050 – C4127X

HP 2400 – Q6511A, Q6511X

HP P3015 – CE255A, CE255X

HP P2015 – Q7553XHP P3005 – Q7551X

HP P2035 – CE505A

HP P2055 – CE505X

HP P1005 – CB435A

HP P1505 – CB436A

HP P1102w – CE285A

P1606dn – CE275A

HP 4200 – Q1338A


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Happy Earth Day – Now is the time to Recycle

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 | Miscellaneous | 3 Comments

As you probably know by now, today is Earth Day…Hurray! Most people say yup, it is and head off to Target or Wal-Mart and consume. But it is a good reminder to think about recycling or better yet reducing your consumption. I’m hardly one to talk as I have two kids who are virtually destroying the world with all of their consumerism. I can’t go to the store without Max yelling “I want that”. I buy it for him. Consumerism 1, The Earth 0. (and let’s not address disposable diapers and landfills)

But seriously, consumerism has to be the biggest threat to the planet. In developing nations, everything is focused on survival and the necessities of living, so there’s little waste. But  here in the land of plenty, we have whole stores of things nobody needs. I’m not saying don’t buy anything but clothes and food. But maybe put a little thought into what you buy. Buy from companies that are green like Patagonia and Advantage Laser Products. (Like how I just aligned us with Patagonia?) Buy recycled products (like our toner cartridges). When you have a choice, buy from companies that use less packaging. I find so many items that are over packaged. We recycle our household cardboard and it’s amazing how many boxes I have at the end of the week. Buy bulk food. I shop at EarthFare (like Whole Foods) and we buy cereal, flower, rice, etc. from the bulk containers. We save heaps of cash, and there’s minimal packaging. Not only less to recycle, but less produced in the first place.

That’s my earth day thought – curb your consumerism!


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Top 5 Reasons to Buy Remanufactured!

Thursday, June 11th, 2009 | Toner Cartridge Recycling | No Comments

Top 5 Reasons to Buy Advantage Brand Remanufactured Toner Cartridges:

5) Dramatic decrease in oil consumption and toxic emissions. FACT: You have to burn 3 quarts of oil to produce the average toner cartridge.[1] Last year alone, our customers saved 10,985 gallons of oil from being emitted into the atmosphere by purchasing remanufactured toner cartridges.

4) Waste reduction. FACT: Last year, our customers collectively saved nearly 15,000 cartridges from ending up in landfills by choosing remanufactured products—that’s 45,000 lbs or the equivalent of 23 automobiles! Stacked on top of each other, these cartridges would reach the top of the empire state building nearly 4 times over!

3) Not all remanufactured cartridges are created equal. Some remanufactures simply “drill and fill” their cartridges and/ or use the same “empty” over and over. At Advantage, we only utilize “virgin” empties (cartridges that have only been through their original cycle) and replace all moveable parts to ensure superior performance. FACT: Advantage brand toner cartridges match or exceed OEM cartridges in terms of performance and warranty—we guarantee our cartridges 100%.

2) Remanufactured cartridges DO NOT void manufacturer’s warranties. FACT: Antitrust legislation prohibits copier and printer manufacturers from voiding their warranties when remanufactured cartridges are used in their machines. Therefore, it is illegal to void a printer warranty because of remanufactured cartridge usage.[2]

1) Going GREEN means saving $$$$$! FACT: Buying Advantage remanufactured cartridges instead of OEM saves 30-60% on toner costs! Last year our customers purchased nearly 15000 remanufactured toner cartridges. If they would have purchased OEM, they would have spent $1,501,864 collectively. Instead they collectively saved between $450,559 and $901,118—that’s the Advantage!

[1] Recharger Magazine, March 2002
[2] Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act United States Code Annotated Title 15, Commerce and Trade Chapter 50 Consumer Product Warranties 15 Section 2302. Sherman & Clayton Antitrust Acts. If you’d like more information you can contact the Federal Trade Commission at (202) 326-3128.


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The most toxic place on earth

Monday, November 10th, 2008 | Toner Cartridge Recycling | No Comments

Last night, 60 Minutes had a great report on e-recycling and the environmental impact e-recycling is having. E-recycling is the recycling of electronic items such as televisions, computers, monitors, laser printers and yes toner cartridges. One statistic that blew my mind was that each day we throw out 130,000 computers just in the United States. 

Click here for the 60 Minutes Video

60 Minutes then goes on to follow the waste from an e-waste recycling event in Denver to a local e-waste recycling that recycled the materials “in-house”. As it turns out 60 Minutes tracked one container of CRT’s all the way to Hong Kong where it ended up in the village of Guiyu.  Where literally acres of monitors are piled up waiting to be recycled. CRTs are loaded with nasty stuff like lead, cadmium, mercury, chromium, polyvinyl chlorides, etc which are know to have numerous toxicological effects from brain damage to kidney disease and cancer. The conditions depicted were horrendous. Much of the plastic was just being burned. The water in the area is so polluted, they have to import drinking water. According to a recent study seven out ten kids have too much lead in their blood.  They are using 16 century technology to recycle 20th century electronic goods. Not pretty!
Importing these items into Hong Kong is technically “illegal” but it’s obvious this is big business and officials across the board are looking the other way. I hate seeing this because I realize that most people are trying to do the right think by taking their e-waste to these recycling events. The problem is these countries have very cheap labor and no regard to the health of the people who are actually doing the work. A couple of years ago 60 Minutes had a similar story about where ships go once they reach the end of their useful life. They ended up in India and the conditions were probably worse and definitely more dangerous. 
I think when companies manufacture a product they should also provide a method to recycle the product. This will no doubt add to the cost, but it would theoretically insure the product is recycled properly in a healthy environment. I say theoretically because in our business we’ve see evidence of toner cartridges going overseas to be “recycled” in horrific conditions as well.
I wouldn’t let this get you down on recycling. But I would ask and insist that your e-waste is recycled responsibly. 
So you may be wondering what does Advantage Laser Products do with it’s toner cartridges? We recycle our toner cartridges here in Atlanta, Georgia where our workers have benefits like health insurance, 401K and work in an air conditioned environment with a great dust collection system. We do get a number of cartridges that we do not recycle. Those cartridges we sell to brokers who then sell them on the empties market. I don’t believe these cartridge make it to one of these Chinese hell holes, because these cartridges have value and will be sold to another remanufacturer that can use the cartridge. There is a third category of cartridge, the cartridge that has already been remanufactured and has no value. These cartridges we return to the original equipment manufacturer, in this case that is HP or Lexmark. Although some OEM’s may be sending their cartridges to illegal recycling facilities overseas, I hope and believe HP is a reputable company and is doing the right thing.
Keep recycling and do the right thing!

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