A United Kingdom recycling expert has finally solved one of the recycling industries biggest mysteries: how can waste toner powder be recycled?
While empty printer and photocopier cartridges can be reused or broken down to recover the metals and plastics, currently all forms of toner powder are land filled or incinerated. This is estimated globally at around 2700 metric tonnes per month.
Angus Carnie of 300 Recycling recently noted that he has had a fantastic response from all over the world for his solution to reuse the toner powder as forensic finger print powder.
Carnie says that the complicated nature of the composition of toner powder really was a challenge "but I had excellent support from manufacturers, and cartridge recyclers, and after many false starts, I discovered waste toner powder would make an excellent core material for forensic finger print powder."
"Ironically, one of the other big issues was what to do with the different colours of toner, but I found that they were ideal for identifying finger prints on dark surfaces such as car dashboards," he says.
With crime globally an ever-increasing issue, this innovation is surely an excellent solution that should be considered by all toner producers and recyclers.