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What to do with laser printer toner? Answered

Hi all,
I have a several unused laser printer cartridges I don't need.
Is there anything fun \ cool \ creative \ useful I can do with the toner powder?

Please note:
* I don't have a laser printer
* the powder is neither conductive nor magnetic.

Thanks for the ideas!

6 Replies

iceng (author)2014-04-25

In a static free zone sift some toner on hard sheet cardboard, glass or wood. Place it in the path of an insect or small mammal and track where they go.

Use blue or fluorescent toner outdoors to track with a UV light.

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caarntedd (author)2014-04-25
rickharris (author)2014-04-25

The toner is considered a carcinogenic so be careful.

it is also hideously hard to remove from anything it touches.

I cant think of any real use. Sell them for refilling or recycle.

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Vyger (author)2014-04-25

In addition to what the others said, as far as where to sell them, there is a big market on E bay.

The black toner is a something like powdered plastic. It is drawn to the paper by static charge and then heated and melted to the paper. Nothing to really play with in it except it can make a very big mess very fast. And probably not the best thing to breath in in large ammounts.

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mpilchfamily (author)2014-04-25

If they are unused then sell them. Laser printer cartiges are like gold.

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They also have higher duty cycles than inkjets and stay operation longer, thus more of a demand for older cartiges

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