Going Green: Closing the Loop

Nov 27, 2017 | Blog, Shredding

Close the Loop is driven by a philosophy of zero waste and we can help bring this philosophy to your business too.

Go Green: Close the Loop

Close the loopClose the Loop (CtL) has pursued the “zero waste’ philosophy since inception. Every inkjet cartridge, toner cartridge or toner bottle can be either reused or recycled. Doing so will lead the electronics recycling industry away from the waste industry mentality of single-use and the need mine even more resources. By designing a materials hierarchy that incorporates closed material loops, and by helping manufacturers design for the environment, it will be easier to focus energy on identifying and proving potential applications for even the most difficult of materials.

Material Hierarchy

The typical waste hierarchy refers to the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. While recycling rates have improved over time in developed worlds between 40% and 75%, there are still considerable quantities disposed of in landfills.

How We Recycle

CtL is at the forefront of developing processing technologies for recycling printer cartridges, toner cartridges, toner bottles and other printing consumables. Our process generates four major output streams:

  • Toner: Research is completed and now entering the development phase of a new commercial application of post-consumer recycled toner powder as an additive to asphalt roads and other bituminous products.
  • Metals: Steel, aluminum, stainless steel, and precious metals are separated by magnets and eddy current separator technologies. There is a ready market for scrap metals, and they become part of their respective commodity loops.
  • Plastics: Close the Loop recovers a large variety of plastics from its production lines including polyolephins (LDPE, HDPE,PP) and engineering grade styrenics (ABS,PS). The plastics that they recover in large volumes of clean material are either sold into ‘closed material loops’ for reuse in new cartridges, or diverted into open loops for Close the Loop products and commodities.
  • Ink: Close the Loop has pioneered the reuse of mixed inks from scrap inkjet cartridges. After years of R&D, they have developed the technology and the skills needed to refine these raw materials for use in Enviroliner pens and flexographic ink. 

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