Toner cartridges are used in laser printers, photocopiers, fax machines, and microphotographic printers. When the toner cartridge is spent, it can be returned to a remanufacturer or the manufacturer to be refilled, refurbished, and cleaned for resale.
EPA's Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN) recommends that procuring agencies establish procedures and policies that give priority to remanufacturing the agencies' expended toner cartridges. EPA recommends that, under such policies and procedures, agencies procure remanufacturing services for expended cartridges and, when such services are unavailable or not practicable, obtain remanufactured toner cartridges or new toner cartridges made with recovered materials from product vendors.
of Manufacturers and Suppliers
This database identifies manufacturers and suppliers of remanufactured or recovered content toner cartridges.
Toner cartridges can be ordered through the General Services Administration's (GSA's) online ordering system. In addition, GSA publishes various supply catalogues, guides, and schedules for recycled-content products available through the Federal Supply Service.
Buy-Recycled Series: Nonpaper Office Products (PDF) (7 pp, 93K, About PDF)
This fact sheet highlights the nonpaper office products designated in the CPG, including toner cartridges, and includes case studies, recommended recovered-content levels, and a list of resources.
Technical Background Documents
These background documents include EPA's product research on recovered-content toner cartridges as well as a more detailed overview of the history and regulatory requirements of the CPG process.