How to recycle empty ink cartridges?

Do you know?Each year, millions of empty ink toner and cartridges are thrown into the trash. Although most people aware of the environment problem; Where to throw empty ink cartridges? How to recycle ink toners? Those kinds of questions are always annoying our customers. How they find ways to protect environment, reduce solid waste ?

recycle empty ink cartridges

recycle empty ink cartridges

Here are some advices for our customers; Mainly in 3 ways:

1. Donate empty ink and toner cartridges to charities

Location: local disposal boxes in library, schools and churches.

Montreal: McGill University – You need fill up online form first if you have more than 2 cartridges to recycle, and they would go and pick it up.

Tips: Basically, for ink cartridges, please use a zip-lock bag to seal it properly or pack the toner in the original box then taped. Placed in a plastic shopping bag or garbage bag is also acceptable.

Some charity organizations may pay shipping charges for these cartridges; we recommend you consider paying the shipping fee yourself.

 2. Send back to the manufactures, or which store you purchased them from

Unfortunately, 123inkcartridges currently do not accept empty ink toners. Customers could buy the remanufactured ink toner from us, also one of way to reduce the solid waste.

Most brands of ink toner have their own return policies which customers could be referred.

Lexmark : Lexmark has the Lexmark Return Program.

Xerox : Xerox Canada now takes back used Lexmark/HP original and Xerox branded replacement cartridges! Follow the process on their website and they will give you the shipping label to send empty ink cartridges back.

3. Search Internet organization and sell them for cash

That’s the easiest way to recycle your old cartridges. Normally, those sites offer pre-paid free shipping or pick up of used cartridges, and some pay up to $4/ cartridge

Staple: Bring your ink cartridges to the local staple store; you may earn rewards on your used cartridges up to $2 .

And other choice form internet here.

Tips: Each recycling site has their own accept brands list, make sure you check it out before sending your empty cartridges out.

So far, you will find most of those ways are for OEM toner cartridges, and most cartridges can be recycled up to six times. So here are some websites accept remanufactured ink cartridges.

Ink cartridges are constructed out of plastic, petroleum-based products and take about 1,000 years to decompose. We need sustainable development nowadays, for our planet,we should contribute our effort on from these small aspects.


Andrew Lu - Marketing Manager - Shopper+ Networks Canada

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4 comments on “How to recycle empty ink cartridges?
  1. Steve says:

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  2. Prink says:

    Thanks for your nice blog in how can we recycle empty cartridges. I appreciate your advice and i will tell this to other and follow myself in office as well as at home.

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