Inkjet cartridge facts March, 2006 A well maintained inkjet cartridge can be refilled about 10 times, according to retailers. Recycling cartridges not only offers environmental benefits but cash to customers.. As the number of printers have exploded in homes and offices, so have used cartridges in landfills. More
than 350 million cartridges are thrown out annually in the U.S.,
according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Decomposition can
take from 400 to 1,000 years.