Remanufactured and original cartridges (OEM)

How do you recognize the difference between these two types of cartridges when handing them in a RecycleClub?



OEM cartridges are branded cartridges produced by manufacturers of printers. These cartridges are shipped together with the printer when you purchase one. You can recognize these cartridges, as they have a branded label of brands like HP and Canon. The label also contains a barcode or QR code. In the calculator of RecycleClub you receive a higher value for original cartridges.



A remanfucatured (REMAN) cartridge is an original (OEM) cartridge that is professionally cleaned, enlarged and refilled with new ink. This is done by other brands than the original printer manufacturers. The cartridge that you hand in to RecycleClub will also be remanufactured so they do not end up in landfills. That means you are creating circular ink cartridges.


Remanufactured cartridges use the same plastic casing as OEM cartridges and therefore look similar. Remanufactured cartridges can be recognized by the lack of mentioning a printer manufacturer’s brand. Often times the label mentions the product is remanufactured. Often, the label also does not show a barcode or QR code. These remanufactured cartridges are also presented as private label cartridges of large retailers or online shops.


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Recognizing reman ink cartridges