If we can't do a thing to reduce the number of years a single plastic waste requires to decompose, then maybe we can at least diminish the use of it on our daily lifestyles. Any individual is part of a whole, and if you think that your actions doesn't even count, then you'd be wrong. Being eco-friendly is something that we should be proud of, embracing green practices is a lot better than anything else.
While there are wastes that are accepted by your neighbor-recycling bins, still there are plastic waste materials that requires a different way of recycling. E-waste for example are accepted by selected organizations available in your areas, and unless you have a special idea to recycle this worn out high-tech materials there's no other reason why you should not send them out. For home-based professionals or someone who takes his jobs at home, you are not exempted to accumulate waste. Especially for someone who often used a printer. Paper wastes are easy to handle, as there are a lot of recycling plants that will accept those, what you should think about are the plastic materials it consumed. Empty and used printer cartridges must be, and always should be discarded properly. If you know any organization or recycling programs that accept those cartridges then try sending them out, and you might just earn money from it.
Manufacturers do include safety guidelines and instructions on how to properly disposed their products. It's not only the empty cartridges that you should see as waste, there you have the bulky packaging which can be made of plastic wrappers, styrofoam, tapes and boxes. Whilst it's more concerning that the cartridges can be potentially harmful for the environment. That's why you should definitely send them out to any recycling programs or organizations that are thoroughly experienced when it comes to recycling printer cartridges. In addition, aside from promoting cartridge recycling, you can also avail of these eco-friendly toner cartridges and ink cartridges from some online retailers, or any nearby printer shops around your area. That's like hitting two birds with one stone, you get to be more environmentally responsible and cut down your printer expenses at the same time.
If by any chance your respective supplier or manufacturer doesn't provide a guideline on how to properly disposed their products which you bought from them, although I doubt there is any, you can browse the net to find online services. But I'm pretty sure that there's an available recycling center near you, that will accept selected waste materials from your own bin.