In Europe, the empty cartridges are regarded as “ordinary industrial waste”.

The Directive 2008/98 EC of the European Parliament recommends prioritization of treatment part in the following order of importance:

  1. Waste prevention
  2. Reuse
  3. Recycling
  4. Valuation
  5. Waste disposal

FBO is at second level to collect empty cartridges and facilitate their reuse.

Every year in Europe, over 400 million cartridges are sold but only 18% are recovered for recycling. This is a very low percentage when you consider that more than 1000 years are needed for nature to absorb the remnants of a toner cartridge.