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As well as components such as circuit boards and drums, toner cartridges are also salvaged. Toner, although now far from hazardous, is a perennial headache for companies looking to be thorough in their approach to recycling.
The cost of disposing of toner is £1,000 per tonne, according to Wagland. This compares with £45 per tonne for metal.
Among the uses cited by Ricoh for the disposal of toner includes use in tarmac and also garden furniture.
Toner bottles are also collected and recycled. The reuse of toner which is returned in part-filled bottles has reduced toner supply costs by £5,000 to £10,000 according to Wagland, which all goes toward the profit and loss of the Green Centre.
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