December 2018 - January 2019

After the legislative change, R&D dominates the market. The main target for Spanish company i2ma is: No cartridge to landfill!

Since appearing on the market, toner powder cartridges have become a pending matter with respect to post-consumption treatment. Under the new legislation, recycling of cartridges has been assimilated to waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling, but the specific needs and process difficulties have meant that established plants have not taken up the challenge.

For the first time, the new legislation includes printer cartridges within the category of electrical and electronic equipment, and makes producers and importers responsible for the management and financing of cartridge collection and recycling.

The 2019 target is to collect the maximum of consumables placed on the market, and producers and importers are responsible for compliance with the collection target set out in the legislation. The Act establishes two collection and treatment target options; either 65% of the average weight of the materials placed on the market in the preceding three years, or 85% of waste generated, based on European Commission estimates.