Why REMANUFACTURING is a better eco-solution than RECYCLING

September 10, 2009 1 Comment

The planet we live in has only a finite amount of natural resources. Man’s consumption, neglect, wasteful practices and abuse of earth’s natural resources have greatly impacted the future generation’s supply of these resources. On a positive note, major solutions are now being developed and implemented to preserve as much as whatever’s left for the coming generations.

Among these solutions? Remanufacturing and recycling.

Recycling is processing used materials into a new product. On the other hand, remanufacturing is a process wherein a previously manufactured product is disassembled, examined, cleaned, replaced obsolete or non-working parts with new ones, repaired and reassembled to be use as that the same product again. Most products can be remanufactured including laser toner cartridges. A product is said to be remanufactured when most of the original components is included in reassembling the new product.

Since both process are aimed at preserving precious raw materials, save energy costs and reduce waste and pollution, they are often misconceived to be the same. In a sense, recycled products are regarded as being of less quality because they are made of materials that people throw way. This inaccurate impression spills over to remanufactured products which are also considered to be of inferior make and quality. The misconception is far from the truth because every procedure in the remanufacturing process have some form of quality checking or quality assurance. A remanufactured product is designed to deliver the same performance and quality as that of an entirely new one. Moreover, technology is constantly evolving and improving the whole remanufacturing process.

Recycling just recovers some or whatever that can be recovered from a used product and turns that into a new raw materials. This also involves energy consumptions and often the cost of running a recycling program costs more than the profit obtained from selling the recycled material back to manufacturers. In this regard, remanufacturing is a better ecosolution. Only some parts are replaced which may then be recycled. Remanufacturing saves more natural resources, reduces more waste & pollution, requires less energy and bring in more economical upside.

Remanufacturing has spawned a multi-billion dollar industry in itself, employing more than half a million people in the United States alone and has provided environment-friendly alternative to businesses and consumers.

With remanufacturing, the coming generations stands a better chance in enjoying earth’s resources.

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One Comments to “Why REMANUFACTURING is a better eco-solution than RECYCLING”
  1. Rob Brown says:

    One thing that baffles me is why recycled products (general merchandise) seem to cost more than regular products .

    What baffles me more, being an aftermarket industry veteran, is why this trend is not reflected in our industry. There is not a clear delineation between refurbished or remanufactured toner, or between compatible and remanufactured toners, etc, etc.

    I’ve been seeing a lot of “Green” toner websites lately, although it is obvious that the only green thing about them is their website’s font.

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