Each year, the UK sells more than 500,000,000 printer cartridges. Over 350 million of these are sent to landfills. Toner cartridges have both a recyclable and reusable nature, which means that there are more eco-friendly disposal options.What can you do with recycled toner cartridges? Recycling and refilling are two options to keep printer cartridges from going to landfills.
There are two ways to refill ink cartridges. You can bring them in to a retailer, such as Costco or Walgreens. They will clean the cartridges and refill them in the photo section. These are the steps to refill them.
- Shop online or in a local office supply store for a refill kit for your printer cartridge.
- Rubber gloves will protect your hands from ink.
- Find the two toner refill holes or ports under the label by removing the printer cartridge.
- For instructions on how to fill your cartridges, refer to the instruction manual.
- After refilling, seal the ink cartridge.
- After each use, wash the ink refill syringe.
Is refilling or recycling right for you? You can find the best answer in our FAQs.
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Frequent questions about ink cartridge recycling
Is it better recycle ink cartridges or refill them?
Ink cartridges that have been refilled more than once can be recycled. However, this reduces the amount of waste. People often say that refilling printer cartridges is more cost-effective than buying new ones. However, they can only be refilled to their full capacity unlike new ink cartridges. Refill your cartridges only when they are full.
How many times may I refill my printer cartridges
Toner cartridges are not meant to be reused, but can usually only be used for a limited time. Avoid letting your inkjet printer run out of ink before refilling. The inkjet sponges are no longer able to be refilled after they have dried out.
How can I recycle ink cartridges
There are several ways you can go about this depending on the cartridge manufacturer or the local office stores. Staples OfficeMax also offer cartridge recycling programs that could earn you rewards. Staples allows you to earn $2 when you recycle ink cartridges and spend at least $30 on ink or ink. When you make a $10 qualifying purchase, OfficeMax and Office Depot will give you 200 reward points.
Does the manufacturer of ink or toner cartridges have recycling programs?
HP offers a cartridge recycle program. You can send your cartridges to any participating office supply shops or bring them in person. The cartridges can be recycled in closed loop fashion. Canon offers a recycling service, which allows users to drop off cartridges at FedEx points.
Are there any programs that recycle ink cartridges for charity?
Yes. Cartridges to Kids is an initiative that allows schools and charities to collect cartridges, and then receive money back.