According to a Greener Refill, over 375 million empty ink and toner cartridges find their way into landfills each year. That totals out to more than a million cartridges daily or 11 cartridges every second! The majority of this mountain of waste is unnecessary and easy to avoid if dealt with appropriately. Recycling used printer cartridges helps conserve our natural resources like oil and water, allowing valuable components to be cleaned and refilled for future use. Printer ink cartridges are built to be reused and it only takes a few extra steps to send them off to your local recycling facility.
Once you’ve collected a reasonable amount of empty ink cartridges, visit Earth911.com to look for the nearest recycling center. Earth911 is a highly reputable recycling website that offers a wide range of everyday green tips and practical environmental information. You can also drop off your used cartridges at a local office supply store like Staples, Office Depot, or Costco.
In order for your cartridges to be recycled, they need to be received in good condition. If you’re planning on dropping them off at a recycling facility, individually wrap each cartridge to minimize the likelihood they will be damaged in transit. Use bubble wrap or old newspapers to cushion them. Once you've got them packaged up, stop by the facility nearest you. Most recycling locations have a specific bin dedicated to ink and toner recycling!