Planet Green Starts Petition Against Non-Recyclable Printer Cartridges Flooding Into US, Creating an Environmental Crisis

Lawmakers fall short in supporting U.S. circular economies and U.S. remanufacturing.

Printer Cartridge Waste

Planet Green, a U.S.-based recycler and remanufacturer of printer cartridges, has launched a petition to gain public support to push state and federal officials to ban the sale and importation of generic non-recyclable printer cartridges in the United States. According to Planet Green, these cartridges, while commonly used today, present a multitude of environmental challenges. These cartridges are single-use, and unlike OEM cartridges that can be recycled several times over, generic cartridges cannot be recycled. They also do not meet the same standards as original equipment manufacturers' (OEM) cartridges, and at times may even infringe on OEM intellectual property.

According to Energy Central, over 375 million printer cartridges are dumped in U.S. landfills annually, creating unnecessary plastic waste in the process. Generic cartridges use up natural resources and release greenhouse gasses during the production process. In fact, manufacturing one toner cartridge emits around 4.8Kg CO2, and more than two ounces of oil is required to produce a single inkjet cartridge.

The U.S. printer cartridge remanufacturing industry emerged in the 1980s in response to the issue of printer cartridge waste generated by original equipment manufacturers. Entities within this industry were primarily focused on finding efficient ways to recycle cartridge waste and reduce the negative environmental impact that it was causing. 

The proliferation of online shopping has allowed overseas manufacturers to flood the U.S. market with generic cartridges, selling direct-to-consumers. According to Planet Green, these cartridges have undercut remanufactured cartridges while simultaneously devaluing used OEM cartridges to the point they are not cost-effective for recycling. 

Left unaddressed, foreign competitors may have the opportunity to destroy what is left of a U.S. circular economy designed to recycle cartridges. Planet Green's team states this will result in the continued increase of plastic pollution and could leave U.S. consumers without an environmentally-friendly option for print consumable products. 

"The challenges that generic cartridges pose to the United States from both an environmental and economic standpoint are frightening," said Eric Sherman, Planet Green's director of recycling. "We believe a ban is absolutely necessary to jumpstart real change." 

Planet Green's proposed ban would effectively reduce plastic waste and rebuild a once-thriving U.S. Printer cartridge re-manufacturing industry. Consumers would continue to benefit from having an economical and environmentally-friendly alternative to costly OEM cartridges.

"Launching this petition hopefully brings attention to this crisis," states Sean Levi, Owner of Planet Green. "We are finding lawmakers and environmental groups are unaware of the threat generic cartridges pose to the environment and U.S. re-manufacturing industry."

The petition is directed at lawmakers, the Federal Trade Commission, and major online retailers, as many of the generic cartridges sold through the online platform are falsely labeled as "Re-manufactured" to deceive consumers.

To learn more and sign the petition, please visit

About Planet Green

Established in 1999, Planet Green, located in Chatsworth California, is one of the last remaining printer cartridge re-manufacturers in the U.S. The business is based on diverting used printer cartridges from landfills and remanufacturing them for resell as an environmentally friendly and economical alternative. The company receives millions of used printer cartridges through its free mail-in recycling services. Consumers can mail their used ink cartridges at, or schools and nonprofit organizations can raise funds by recycling at 

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About Planet Green

Established in 1999, Planet Green is one of the last remaining ink cartridge re-manufacturers in the U.S. The business is based on diverting used printer cartridges from landfills and recycling them into a new a high-quality product.

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20724 Lassen St.
Chatsworth, CA