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Remanufactured (recycled) toner cartridges compare favorably to new toner cartridges in terms of print quality and product life, but cost less money. Using remanufactured toner cartridges also saves money by eliminating part of your company’s waste stream.

Companies that refurbish and sell toner cartridges either pay postage for their return or will come to your office and pick them up. This tool calculates the potential savings from using remanufactured toner cartridges for laser printers only. You can also use remanufactured cartridges for copiers and fax machines; see toner cartidges in "products and services" for a list of vendors.

Instructions for Using the Measurement Tool

The worksheet below is a simple cost-comparison tool where you can plug in your business’s costs and variables to determine whether using remanufactured toner cartridges will save you money. The current costs and variables presented in the worksheet represent default assumptions for calculation purposes only. If the information varies for your business, simply enter the correct information in the appropriate field.

After completing the worksheet, click on “Calculate the savings!” to see the cost savings of switching to remanufactured toner cartridges. (Note: If you make subsequent changes to the worksheet, click on “Calculate the savings!” again to recalculate.)

Worksheet

QUANTITIES & COSTS OF TONER CARTRIDGES

Number of laser printers in use

 

Number of toner-cartridge changes per printer (per year)

 

Cost per brand-new toner cartridge

 

Cost per remanufactured toner cartridge

 

Waste disposal costs (per 55-gallon bag)1

 


  1. According to the Business Integrity Commission $4.33 is the maximum allowable limit a carter can charge a NYC business for removal of loose waste in a 55-gallon bag.

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Results: Annual totals and savings

TOTALS

Brand-new

Remanufactured

Purchasing costs

  

Waste disposal costs1

  

Total costs

  

SAVINGS

Total savings due to using remanufactured toner cartridges

 

Amount of waste prevented (in pounds)2

 


  1. Assumes that a 55-gallon bag holds 33 toner cartridges.
  2. Assumes each cartridge weighs three pounds.

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