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illustration: Using Remanufactured Toner Cartridges at a City Agency

Using remanufactured (recycled) toner cartridges instead of new ones eliminates a waste stream and can reduce your Agency’s purchasing costs. Companies that refurbish and sell toner cartridges either pay postage for their return or will come to your offices and pick them up. Remanufactured cartridges also are less expensive than new ones. (Note: This tool calculates the savings from using remanufactured toner cartridges for laser printers. Copiers and fax machines can also use remanufactured cartridges; for more information, see toner cartridges in our virtual agency tour.)


Use the worksheet below to calculate the waste prevention benefits associated with establishing a toner-cartridge recycling program.

The fields highlighted in YELLOW represent the variables that you need to enter for your City Agency. The GREY worksheet field contains default assumptions for calculation purposes; you can change these if the information is different for your Agency.

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



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

Weight per toner cartridge (in pounds)

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Results: Annual totals and savings



Purchasing costs for brand-new toner cartridges

Purchasing cost for remanufactured toner cartridges



Total savings due to using remanufactured toner cartridges

Amount of waste prevented (in pounds)

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