It has been nearly a year since Alphasoft Ltd. launched its HP Toner Recycling Programme and now the fruit of everyone’s labour can be seen as the first 20-foot container shipment of about 4,200 empty plastic toner cartridges leaves the Cayman Islands, bound for the USA.
The typical used toner cartridge is composed of 40 per cent plastic, 40 per cent metal and smaller percentages of rubber, paper, foam and toner. The plastic is made of engineering-grade polymers and takes at least1,000 years to decompose. However, approximately 97 per cent of these combined components can be recycled or reused. HP USA crushes the cartridges and uses the resulting material in the creation of new products.
‘The level of participation from the private sector has been very encouraging,’ says Vicki Wheaton, sales and marketing manager. ‘We sent out information via email and through our website letting companies know that we would pick up the empty cartridges free of charge – all they had to do was store them instead of throw them away. The response was immediate and extremely positive. Thanks to their efforts, we have kept over 4,000 toner cartridges from being added to the landfill. Sta-Mar, Harry Bush Trucking and Thompson Line have sponsored this programme, enabling us to expedite the removal of the container and ship it with ease. We are grateful to them and the Port Authority for their assistance, particularly with working out the logistics of the inaugural voyage.’
The second container is already being filled and as the interest in this programme and partnerships with local businesses have increased over the past number of months, it is anticipated that this one will be ready to go in a shorter period of time than the first one.
Anyone who uses HP LaserJet toner cartridges is encouraged to contact Alphasoft Ltd. to see how they can sign up for the programme. Further information can be found at www.alphasoft.com.ky.