Toner Recycling Scheme
Midshire is committed to providing sustainable products and services to its customers. A key element is ensuring that clients are supported in handling waste consumables such as empty toner bottles and ink cartridges, to ensure environmental obligations are met.
Sadly, most used cartridges currently end up in landfill, both in the UK and overseas, where it will take centuries for some parts to fully decompose. Worse than the environmental impact is the human cost. Many cartridges end up in cities like Guiyu, China, where they are incinerated or dissolved with hazardous chemicals to extract residual metals. These processes contaminate the local air, soil and groundwater.
During the production of a single, new laser toner approximately 3.4 litres of oil is burned and 100kg of CO2 is released into the atmosphere. These are just two of the many environmental costs of producing new cartridges.
Did you know that toner cartridges are 97% recyclable?
Used cartridges can be recycled, re-manufactured and reused. The typical used toner cartridge weighs about 1.4kg and is composed of 40% plastic, 40% metal and smaller percentages of rubber, paper, foam and toner.
One of the main reasons to recycle, is because cartridges can be so easily re-manufactured for reuse. This simple process involves the cartridges being cleaned and then refilled with toner, ready to be reused like a new cartridge.
When you choose to use re-manufactured laser toner cartridges, you reduce air pollution, greenhouse gases and you are helping to minimise the amount of material disposed of in landfills. You also help to conserve natural resources by eliminating the need for virgin materials to be sourced when producing brand new cartridges.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) encourages the recycling and reuse of your waste, to minimise the harmful effect these products have on the environment. It is all of our responsibility to recycle and reuse wherever possible to enable a safer environment for generations to come.
Midshire’s Toner Recycling Scheme is brought to you in partnership with Effective Consumable Solutions (ECS Ltd.).
Everyday, companies order new toner and supplies for their business, but do they consider how they will safely dispose of these items once used? Midshire is committed to helping its customers meet environmental obligations and that recycling is done in line with the WEEE Directive guidelines and government legislation. By working together, we can make a real difference.
Along with your toner recycling box you will be sent a welcome pack of information, including a poster to promote the service internally to your workforce. The poster details how to use the scheme and most importantly how to request collection of your box once full.
You can put any photocopier or printer consumables and toner cartridges into your box, even ones not originally supplied by Midshire. Once collected, the toners will be recycled on your behalf, saving you the hassle and giving you peace of mind that they have been disposed of correctly. Midshire will then provide you with the relevant waste transfer paperwork. Meet your green credentials and ISO 14001 by enrolling on the Midshire Toner Recycling Scheme.
ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised standard that helps organisations put an effective environmental management system in place. The aim of ISO 14001 is to support businesses in becoming commercially successful and grow, without overlooking their environmental responsibilities.
An ISO 14001 system gives you a framework to meet the legal or regulatory requirements, as well as your customer expectations for corporate responsibility. The standard recognises a company’s efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its activities, encompassing all aspects of its day-to-day operations and future planning.
Midshire has many initiatives in place to meet these standards and is regularly audited to ensure we fulfil our commitment to ISO 1400. We continue to strive to reduce our impact on the environment. These initiatives include: Carbon Neutral Networks through Gamma, Energy Star Rated Products, PaperCut Software, E-Line Refurbished Copiers, Toner Recycling Scheme and Carbon Balanced Outsourced Print.
1. Recycling box is delivered to you
If you are a new customer to Midshire, your recycling box will arrive when your photocopier is delivered. If you are an existing customer of Midshire, you can request a recycling box. This will then be despatched to your business.
Place all of your toner cartridges, ink cartridges, waster toner bottles and consumable parts into your box. Even waste products that have not been supplied by Midshire can be placed in the box. Once the box is full, ring the number on the front of your box to arrange collection.
3. A new recycling box is dispatched
We’ll arrange for a new recycling box to be delivered to your premises. The new box should arrive at a similar time to your full box being collected.
4. Courier will collect from you
Our partner courier service will come and collect your full recycling box and take it to our recycling plant, where your toner cartridges will be recycled.
5. Waste transfer note is created
A waste transfer note is a document that details the transfer of waste from one person to another. Your waste transfer note shows that the Toner Recycling Scheme complies with WEEE guidelines.