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Can I reuse excess toner from printer cartridge?

I don't mean waste toner from the waste bin. I mean excess toner remaining unused in the cartridge

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It can be rescued, but the trouble and mess that you will endure is often not worth the challenge. Send the cartridge in for recycling and score some environmental friendly karma instead. Most office supply stores will accept them.

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Did you refill the toner yourself or put a new one in or.......

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can be reused first carefully empty it. and may wash and dry with normal water. While you empty cover your nose suitably the toner is a harmful.

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SOURCE: I keep cleaning the toner/printer

How are you cleaning the tank? Just dumping the contents into a trashcan may not work. The printer uses a light sensor to detect whether the tank is full. When the light does not shine through the clear window of the tank, the printer thinks that the tank is full. Sometimes cleaning the window with a cotton swab will make it work, but it can be difficult since the location of the window with respect to the opening of the tank is not a straight shot.

Another way to clean it would be dump the waste toner into ther trashcan. Tap the tank a few time to get as much of the toner out. Then add some soap and water into the tank and seal the tank opening with the green lid. Then shake the soapy water in the tank for a about a minute. Then dump the soapy toner/water out. Rinse again with just water and and allow it to dry. You don't have to get the tank completely clean, just enough to stop the waste tank error message.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010

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SOURCE: Dell 1235cn Laser All-in One Printer - Waste Toner Bin issue

Wash it out with rubbing alcohol and let dry. Apparently there is a light sensor that will throw up this error if the bin is dirty.

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Hi there your printer wast toner drum is full. So just remove that and make empty the drum & then refill the toner box. now use. Thanks.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010

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Changed toner---back side now prints dirty with band on the top. Did the cleaning procedure - no luck


If you changed toner because old was empty and now you have this defect with the new cartrige, it is most likley a defective cartridge. Try the old cartridge again, if it prints clean, then you know for sure it is the cartridge. If you purchased a new HP cartridge, get it replaced by HP, they warranty their toners against defects. If you bought a 3rd party toner, return it to where you bought it and get them to replace it. If you had your old toner refilled by someone, get your money back, they don't know what they are doing. This type of defect is often caused by a filled waste toner bin then then runs back out when you print. Some refillers just throw toner in and don't empty the waste toner bin.

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Is there a way to empty the waste toner bottle for a Konica Minolta Magicolor 550 printer? I'm a teacher with zero budget, using a donated printer.


**Disclaimer** Following these instructions may expose you to fine particulate matter. We sometimes run into situations where customers just will not pay for a replacement waste bin. I am not 100% sure with Minolta but we do this with Lexmark printers all the time. Remove the waste bin and attach a plastic bag over the hole where the toner enters from the printer. Seal it as much as possible. Hold the toner bin so that the hole is facing down and tap it lightly. This should cause the toner to fall back out of the waste bin into the bag. When you have gotten as much out as possible, wait for the dust to settle and then pinch off the bag as you remove the bin. Seal the bag and dispose of. Use a dry cloth (swiffer)to wipe any excess toner from the bin. Put bin back in and restart the printer. This should give you some more life. If you get toner on yourself or clothes, rinse in cold water not hot. Hot water will bond the toner to your clothes.

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No waste toner although have changed the toner bin


The waste toner is store in the toner cartridge it self. If your try to refill it with your own. There is waste compartment inside the toner cartridge.

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Are the toner waste bins on this printer 1 time use?


can be reused first carefully empty it. and may wash and dry with normal water. While you empty cover your nose suitably the toner is a harmful.

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Wash it out with rubbing alcohol and let dry. Apparently there is a light sensor that will throw up this error if the bin is dirty.

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CLP 510 error


Sir,
Inside the front cover of the Samsung CLP-510 printer is a "Waste Toner Bin" - this bin collects any toner which is not fused to the paper during the printing process. The photo at the left shows the waste toner bin installed in its correct position.As you print, the waste toner bin "fills up" with wasted toner, and you have to replace it on a regular basis. Other printers send waste toner back to a separate compartment in the toner cartridge, however Samsung prefers to sell you and additional "consumable" - apparently the $130 cost of the toner cartridges (x4 cartridges = $520/refill) just isn't sufficent revenue.
In the photo below, we see the waste toner bin removed from its operating position, and lying down on the printer door - Just tipped down from its normal place.

Note (1) - this is an optical sensor which detects when the waste toner bin is full - A "bump" on the bin (2) fits into the sensor notch when the bin is in position. An optical sensor looks though the "bump" and is supposed to detect when the toner reaches this level.
Note that one of the inlets for waste toner (3) is just above the sensor "bump" (when the bin is in it normal position). You can also see the round feed which goes into this hole, just above the sensor notch (1).
The problem occurs because the waste toner being injected into the bin "runs down the side" through the sensor "bump" - after a little while, this dirties the walls of the "bump", and although this is nowhere near as opaque as the actual toner, the sensor is sensitive enough to decide the bin is full and shuts down printing. In my opinion, this represents two fundamental flaws in the design:
  • The toner inlet should not be positioned such that toner entering the bin runs through the sensor area.
  • The optical sensor should not be so sensitive that a little dirt is detected as a full bin.
It is interesting to note that Samsung explicitly advises that you not empty and reuse the waste toner bin - The overly sensitive sensor pretty much guarantees that you cannot do this, as it is virtually impossible to empty the bin without getting toner into the sensor bump, after which the printer will refuse to print and direct you to replace the bin.

The Cure The first time this happened, I noted the dirty sensor notch and cleaned the area - It lasted only for a few pages, at which time I contacted Samsung to report the problem - No matter how I tried to explain the situation to them (over several days of correspondance) the only response I could get from them was "the bin must be full - change it".The new bin lasted for perhaps 100 pages, at which point the dreaded "replace waste toner bin" message appeared. Samsumg responded that I should clean the external sensor (I had advised them that I had tried cleaning the external sensor in my first contact with them).
TO DATE - SAMSUNG HAS REFUSED TO ACKNOWLEGE THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM IN THE DESIGN OF THE WASTE TONER SYSTEM.
To confirm my theory that toner entering the bin via the inlet was dirtying the sensor area, I added a baffle made from tape as shown on the left - This cured the problem - Note how dirty the tape has become! (It WAS clear tape)... a LOT of toner was passing through this area!
Worried that the hot toner might melt/burn the tape baffle, I have since replaced it with one made from aluminum foil - Using only a single layer, with a fairly thin part that passes through the hole and is taped in place on the outside. It is important to get the part passing through the hole to be as flat against the side as possible, as it has to fit in beside the inlet from the printer - too much thickness or wrinkles here could cause a messey leak. It is also important that the baffle NOT be so long that it would prevent the sensor notch from filling from the bottom - this could cause the printer to overflow the bin - which would not be good... I recommend that you check the waste toner bin every time you change a toner cartridge.


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