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Home printing 4 decades ago was limited to low cost inkjet printers with the laser toner printer designed for the office. In more recent times the retail price and the sheer physical size of the laser printer have both been reduced making it an option for home and business. Some black and white laser printers can be bought for under £50.00 offering useful features such as Wi-Fi and double-sided printing and fit comfortably on your desk!

So how does HP Laser Toner compare for use in the home in comparison to an inkjet printer. It comes down to the amount of pages your print, the initial purchase price of the printer can be expensive but the running costs for a busy printer can be lower than an inkjet printer. HP are the largest seller of inkjet printers in the UK and Ireland and a have a huge variety or ink and toner.

If you consider yourself to print in or around 1000 pages a year then the inkjet printer is the best deal for you. If you print upwards of 200 pages a year then the laser toner printer will be more economical and of course if you print 8,000 – 10,000 pages per year (especially in black and white) then the laser printer will save you an absolute fortune.

Running costs of any printer are crucial and the inkjet printers are no exception. These are currently available as both original HP and remanufactured ink cartridges. The original HP cartridges are manufactured by HP and are costly to buy. The remanufactured version are HP cartridges that have been used, returned empty to a third-party, checked, refilled, repaired if necessary and re-packaged.

Both will work perfectly well in the printer but the remanufactured cartridges are considerably less to buy than the original. The original HP toner is expensive but the compatible version can cost up to 100% less. The compatible version of the HP toner is once again manufactured by a third-party company, not HP, and will offer obvious big savings to any business that uses these toners. One piece of good advice to follow is to never buy any printer based on the purchase price alone, always check the cost of the replacement toner or ink cartridge.

The print definition of the inkjet printer is far superior to the laser printer and image printing on photo paper is using an inkjet printer is unbeatable. A big plus for the laser printer and one of the most obvious advantages of printing with a laser printer is the print speed – this vastly out-performs any inkjet printer. Some models of laser printers are also able to perform Duplex printing, that’s printed 2 sides of the page at once. A real time saver for large document runs. Consider buying a printer that is Wi-Fi enabled and will allow device printing remotely from a mobile phone or tablet.

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What happens to all of the empty or old toner cartridges, ink cartridges, drums, maintenance kits and fuser units?

It’s shocking to think that it will take over 1000 years for one toner cartridge to decompose, that’s twelve and a half times the average lifespan of a person.

So what can we do? Currently the recycling of paper, glass and plastic is pretty standard across the UK. However, toner recycling and the like, isn’t being utilised enough.

Although 30% of the worlds cartridges are currently recycled it leaves a staggering 350 million to be thrown into landfills. This equates to 70 Olympic sized swimming pools full of oil. When you break that down further, UK specific, we as a nation dispose of 55 million toner and ink cartridges each and every year. What makes this even more worrying is that the total number is set to rise by at least 12% each year, so by the end of 2017 it is estimated that 392 million cartridges will be discarded globally.

Every second, 8 printer cartridges are thrown away globally. If just 4 of these were recycled it would help to produce 20 more cartridges whilst using 80% less energy to do so.

Just remember each and every cartridge can be refilled and reused 4-6 times before being recycled into a new product, so there’s no reason not to recycle them.

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