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Printer manufacturers spend a huge amount of time and money ensuring that their cartridges perform faultlessly with their own printing hardware. Hence, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) toner cartridges contain components of the highest quality and are often extremely expensive for consumers.

But what if you don’t have the funds to splash out on an OEM version every time your toner cartridge is running low? Are there any alternatives available?

Well, the answer is yes, and ultimately you have the choice between remanufactured or compatible toner cartridges.

Below, is a comparison between the two alternatives to OEM toner cartridges. As ever, please feel free to share your opinions over on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Well, the clue is in the title – they are OEM toner cartridges that have been recycled and then remanufactured, as shown in the video below.

To begin with, the original, newly recycled cartridge is cleaned and examined. If any parts are worn or broken, they are replaced before being filled with brand new toner powder. Finally, the newly remanufactured cartridge is sent for lengthy print testing before being sold.


Essentially, a compatible toner cartridge is a ‘mimic’ or ‘copy’ of an OEM version.

Unlike remanufactured versions, a compatible cartridge is made entirely from new parts, which are generally of poor quality in comparison to those used in OEM toner cartridges.


OEM toner cartridges are made with the highest quality and components to minimise any issues and ultimately, produce the highest quality print.

As remanufactured toner cartridges retain as many of these components as possible, they naturally preserve that high standard of printing.

Compatible cartridges are generally manufactured by those who have one goal – to produce them as cheaply as they physically can.

Naturally, this has a negative effect on quality as no components from an original cartridge are used. Instead, components are created, which mimic the functionality of those found in an original.


To say that you are much less likely to get damage to your printer when using remanufactured toners is a real understatement.  

Remanufactured toner cartridges are made directly from original versions, meaning they preserve the original specifications. They are also tested vigorously (pictured) before being released to the consumer – reducing the chance of damage even further.

However, compatible toner cartridges are made to closely match the original and because of varying degrees of quality, some simply don’t meet (or come close to meeting) the OEM specifications.

In short, this means some compatible cartridges won’t fit your printer correctly, which can cause ink spills, and physically damage your printer.


45 million printer cartridges are sent to landfill in the UK every year – with a high volume of these being toners.

Recycling cartridges undoubtedly helps this figure, and plays a massive role when it comes to remanufacturing.

Typically, toner cartridges can be remanufactured between three and seven times. Also, 97% of the components within them can be recycled. Thus, when a recycled cartridge is remanufactured, there is a very small impact on the environment in comparison to originals or compatibles.

It is worth noting that remanufactured cartridges use half the amount of oil in their manufacture in comparison to compatibles and that when plastic is remanufactured, 80% less energy is used in comparison to original production.

On the other hand, brand new parts and components are used every time a compatible cartridge is manufactured – even if they are of a lower quality than those used in originals.

No prizes for guessing which is kinder to the environment, right?


The main thing for you to remember, is that at one stage of their existence, remanufactured toners were original versions.

There is absolutely no guess work or copying involved in their manufacture – as we’ve explained, the same simply cannot be said for compatibles.

If you want to avoid damage to your printer and the environment, whilst achieving a print quality which stands up to OEM versions, then remanufactured toners are without doubt, your best bet.

Looking to save money on your printing costs? Head to our site and check out the remanufactured toner cartridges:


In 2017, are we really as savvy about recycling, reusing and reducing our impact on the environment as we’d like to think? We can be confident about how to deal with most household waste for example, but there are items that you probably use on a daily basis at home, at school or in the office that could be recycled multiple times and benefit both your pocket as well as the environment.

One such example is laser toner cartridges. Approximately 60 million are sold in Europe alone each year, and yet only a small percentage (around 25%) of those cartridges actually go onto to be remanufactured.  The process of remanufacturing is one that many people may still not be fully aware of, but one that is worthwhile knowing a little about.

Once an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) toner cartridge is sent to be recycled, there are a number of processes it goes through before it can be given a new lease of life as a remanufactured product.

Firstly, the cartridge is tested to ensure that it is fully functional before any remnants of existing toner powder are removed and the cartridge is thoroughly cleaned.  Secondly, any worn or damaged parts are identified and then replaced to ensure that the finished product is as close to the original as possible.  Finally, the cartridge is refilled using a specially formulated toner powder and is subject to a number of quality and print performance tests before it can be packaged and sold.

Something else you may be interested to hear is that remanufactured toner cartridges – as well as being environmentally friendly – can be much cheaper than their original counterparts.  This isn’t to say that there has to be a compromise in quality though; remanufactured toners can match, and often exceed the page yield of an OEM, and they fit and function exactly the same way in your printer.

It sounds straight forward doesn’t it? It seems like a process that it quite transparent, and not only does it prevent toner cartridges ending up in landfill, but because remanufacturing companies such as Red Bus Cartridges only repair the elements of a cartridge that are damaged or worn, the creation of waste is reduced.  Furthermore, as they state that they produce everything in one place, under one roof, they not only have complete control over the production process, but it goes a long way in helping to reduce their carbon footprint too.

So, now you know how OEM toner cartridges can be recycled and given a renewed purpose in (office stationery) life through the process of remanufacturing. You also know that you can save money in comparison to buying an original cartridge, so should you be inclined to want to save money as well as the planet, a remanufactured cartridge would be the way to go.

Article written by Cassandra Brennan – Marketing Manager at Red Bus Cartridges


Great news for the thousands of Max Colour fans out there…

Part Two of Max's mission to prevent his beloved cartridges from going to landfill is now live on our YouTube channel – it can also be watched by clicking below!

Remember, if you want to help our office hero in his fight then visit or call 0800 091 9090.

Article written by Calum Chinchen – Social Media Executive at Red Bus Cartridges163, Beaconside, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 7PT163, Beaconside, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 7PT


New Year’s Eve was a whole 73 days ago now. If your resolution of tightening the purse strings has already fallen by the wayside, then give our money saving tips a read – they might just change your life!



Are you the type of person who wanders around the supermarket for hours and are then surprised by your whopping £300 receipt at the checkout? If so, a pre-planned list is most definitely the answer.

When making this list you need to plan all of your week’s meals in advance – including breakfast and lunch. Also, plan all of your snacks and treats too. That way when you get to your supermarket, you know exactly which aisles to head for, meaning you will save time as well as money.

Not only will this stop you overspending during your weekly shop, but it will also stop all those expensive midweek ‘top-up’ shops at your pricey local newsagent or petrol station.



Do you have empty, un-used inkjet cartridges lying around? Or worse still, do you chuck your ink cartridges in the bin once finished? Well you should know that you can earn money by recycling them.

The Recycling Factory reward you for sending them your empty, used ink empty cartridges and will also donate to your chosen charity partner in the process.

Over 350 million cartridges are thrown to landfill every year, with each of these taking up to 1000 years to decompose. So by recycling your ink cartridge, you will not only be earning some extra money, but you will also be helping the environment.



Have a good tidy up and find things that you have absolutely no need or use for anymore, then sell them via an online auction site.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and after all, you really have nothing to lose. It’s not as if you were using them anyway!



Unless you want to be the next Arnold Schwarzenegger, then there is absolutely no need for you to pay a £50 gym membership every month.

If you are looking to lose weight then high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are a great idea. The Body Coach, Joe Wicks hit the headlines recently, with his ‘Lean in 15’ cookery books, and to compliment this healthy eating program, he has released a workout DVD with short, sharp workouts ranging from 15-35 minutes. All of which can be done within the comfort of your own home and without any equipment.

Alternatively, if you want to build a bit of muscle, then buy yourself a couple of dumbbells, a workout bench and research some home workouts.

Don’t forget, if you’ve got some trainers and lycra then running is completely free. Pound that pavement and your bank balance will rise as quickly as your heart rate.



Everyone deserves a treat now and again – right?

The problem is, treats can hit your bank balance hard, which begs the question - why pay full price when you don’t have to?

Whether your chosen treat is a meal out, a spa day or a weekend away, you can save money with a voucher code.

In fact, you can find a voucher code for pretty much any type of purchase these days – particularly if you check sites like beforehand.

Using one is simple, all you need to do is find a suitable code, before entering it at an online checkout or printing it off and presenting it at your chosen venue.

Don’t feel like you’re doing anything wrong either. Retailers are absolutely fine with voucher codes, in fact they are a great way for them to attract customers.

You will even find that companies like Pizza Express have a dedicated section on their own site for voucher codes!



Do you find yourself spending a small fortune on original equipment manufacturer (OEM) ink cartridges? Or maybe you’ve paid the penalty after using cheap ‘copy’ compatible versions that aren’t cartridge safe? If so, you can save up to 70% by buying remanufactured cartridges.

In fact, The Red Bus Cartridge Company are online sellers and have over 1,000 remanufactured products for you to choose from. We also offer free, next day delivery and never sacrifice on quality.

So if you are looking to save money on your printer cartridge costs then head over to our website and check out our products.

Article written by Calum Chinchen – Social Media Executive at Red Bus Cartridges163, Beaconside, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 7PT163, Beaconside, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 7PT