What is a Remanufactured Cartridge?

RemanufacturedRemanufactured cartridges have been recycled and reprocessed from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) cartridge. For example, Innovera® cartridges are built from the original OEM cores. This saves significant materials by recycling the OEM product and also has strict quality controls so that your Innovera cartridge meets the OEM specifications. Help the environment with quality products! All Innovera products come with a manufacturer’s limited one-year warranty.

Is a Remanufactured Cartridge inferior to a new one?

There should be no difference in print quality or page yield with a properly remanufactured cartridge. To meet OEM performance, cartridges should contain only quality toners that work well with all other replacement parts.

Am I really helping the environment by using Remanufactured Cartridges?

Definitely. Each discarded cartridge adds approximately three pounds of unnecessary waste to our landfills—waste that will take as long as 1,000 years to decompose. It is estimated that 100 million laser and printer cartridges and 400 million inkjet printer cartridges are produced each year. Remanufacturing these 500 million cartridges will save an estimated four million cubic feet of landfill space. The office products remanufacturing industry has already made—and will continue to make—a substantially positive impact on the environment and the economy.

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    I think it’s definitely a difficult debate. Recycling ink cartridges is a GREAT idea but when it sacrifices quality I can see why customers would have a hard time making the switch.

  • Good read.

    I can’t wait seeing recycling enter the “Middle East”

    Thanks for the info.

  • Hi,

    What is your take on compatible cartridges? I had a website selling ink some 2/3 years back that was doing quite well, although Google ‘slapped’ it and it faded off into the depths Google.

    I read a while ago that Epson were clamping down on the amount of compatible counterfeits that are circulating the globe and that they was fighting in court about their branding rights? It would be nice to see an article about that to bring the compatible world up to speed, especially those getting shipped from the far east.

    I still see hundreds getting sold on eBay on a daily basis, but I print a lot of photos and manage to get good deals for my Epson branded cartridges as I use them for the quality of the ink.