I am very frustrated by the fact that toner cartridges cost nearly as much as a new printer (albeit bottom end quality printers). It seems that we almost need to throw away a perfectly good printer each time it runs out of toner. Even if we buy new cartridges, the disposal of the old cartridge seems scandalous, it is non-biodegradable and is ecologically costly to produce. Don't want to sound too 'greenpeace' but this really bugs me. Is there a way to safely and economically refill the toner cartridges ourselves? We have brother HL1030 & HLP2000 plus an HP 1200 laserjet (which I can't see how to get to the plug to refill it anyway!) Your opinions and help would be appreciated.
I wouldn't recommend you mess about with toner yourself. It has carcinogenic properties and, whereas it is generally safe in normal use e.g. removing/fitting of cartridge, larger quantities should be avoided.
In reality, if you have a spillage or carry out a major clean of a laser printer you should use a special vacuum cleaner to avoid breathing in the dust.
I worked on copiers and printers for decades, I found that trying to refill is not worth the trouble, unless you know which toner to get for which m/c, you will lose print quality, and may even damage your printer. many laser consumables include a drum & cleaning blade, which only do a certain amount of copies before quality gets worse. even recycled is not the answer. . Laser printers are not the same as ink printers