The City of Los Angeles passes a resolution banning the import and sale of disposable printer cartridges

City of Los Angeles resolution in support of ban on disposable printer cartridges

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Disposable printer cartridges that cannot be recycled

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First major city to recognize the environmental disaster caused by imported cartridges.

The environmental challenge that aftermarket disposable ink cartridges pose to the United States is alarming.”

– Councilor John Lee, Los Angeles City Council District 12

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, April 12, 2022 / — The City of Los Angeles voted and approved to include in its state and federal legislative programs support for legislation and/or administrative measures that would prohibit the import and sale of aftermarket single-use new build ink cartridges because they are harmful to the environment and are not recycled or can be recycled.

According to Energy Central, over 375 million printer cartridges end up in US landfills each year, creating unnecessary plastic waste. Imported third-party disposable cartridges consume natural resources and emit greenhouse gases during the production process. In fact, about 4.8 kg of CO2 and more than three liters of oil are emitted during the manufacture of a toner cartridge.

The US printer cartridge remanufacturing industry emerged in the 1980s in response to the problem of printer cartridge waste created by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). Companies in this industry were primarily focused on finding efficient ways to recycle cartridge waste and reduce the negative environmental impact this caused.

The proliferation of online shopping has allowed foreign manufacturers to flood the US market with disposable cartridges that are sold directly to consumers. According to Planet Green, a US-based ink cartridge remanufacturer, these cartridges undercut remanufactured cartridges while devaluing used OEM cartridges to the point where they are no longer viable to recycle.

Left untreated, foreign competitors could have the opportunity to destroy what is left of a US circular economy designed to recycle cartridges. Planet Green executives say this will lead to a further increase in plastic pollution and could leave US consumers without an eco-friendly option for print consumables.

“The environmental challenge that aftermarket disposable ink cartridges pose to the United States is alarming,” said Councilman John Lee, District 12 of the Los Angeles City Council. “A city resolution was important to draw attention to the growing problem and show support for legislative or administrative solutions.”

Planet Green has started a petition to ban imported disposable cartridges to educate the public and gain their support for state and federal action. A ban would effectively reduce plastic waste and rebuild a once thriving US printer cartridge reclamation industry. Consumers would continue to benefit from an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to printer manufacturers’ branded cartridges.

“Planet Green has brought this issue to the Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling, which I chair,” said Heidi Sanborn, executive director of the National Stewardship Action Council. “The Commission’s role is to provide advice on how to reduce waste and methane emissions and expand recycling and recycling markets.

The petition is aimed at lawmakers, the Federal Trade Commission and major online retailers, as many of the generic cartridges sold through online platforms are falsely labeled as “Remanufactured” to mislead consumers. To sign the petition and learn more, please visit Support the ban

The Resolution of the City of Los Angeles
Official action of the Los Angeles City Council

About Planet Green
Founded in 1999 and based in Chatsworth, California, Planet Green is one of the last remaining printer cartridge remanufacturers in the United States. The business is based on removing used printer cartridges from landfills and remanufacturing them for resale as an environmentally friendly and economical alternative. The company receives millions of used printer cartridges in the mail through its free recycling services. Consumers can send their used ink cartridges to, or schools and nonprofits can fundraise by recycling at

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