Normally, thermal transfer ribbons can be disposed of in a landfill like most other trash.
Due to the thin film used in TTR production, mechanical methods of destruction, such as shredding, are difficult. In addition, these methods may generate a lot of dust.
Sometimes, complete destruction is necessary. In order to maintain confidentiality or to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), DNP recommends incineration. This method typically requires disposal as a special waste and is significantly more costly than landfilling. Thermal transfer ribbons are not toxic or hazardous, and any emissions from incineration would be normal byproducts of combustion and trace materials.
Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for each of DNP's thermal transfer ribbon formulations can be found in our Library.