Ink cartridges are costly as they consist of expensive materials, such as plastic, metal, and small microchips. It therefore seems wasteful to simply throw them away in the garbage. Not to mention, used cartridges are extremely damaging to the environment and will leak pollution if left in a landfill or tossed into the ocean. This pollution can poison the surrounding environment for years to come and can cause irreparable harm.
Fortunately, there are options for recycling your used cartridges:
* Many manufacturers package their ink cartridges with a returnable envelope or packet. If this is the case, send them your used cartridge and they will ensure that it is recycled. The manufacturer will often refurbish and refill these used cartridges and sell them at lower prices than the original product.
* Certain manufacturers will offer rebates on future purchases if you recycle previous cartridges. This saves you money and helps the environment.
* Some office supply stores will accept used cartridges and find means of recycling them. Some stores may even offer discounts or rewards on future purchases in return for used ink cartridges.
* When purchasing new cartridges, look at the packaging for suggestions on how to dispose of your cartridges and see what recycling options the brand offers.
* Donate them to charity. Many schools/charities/ community groups ask for cartridge donations as they have special arrangements with the manufacturers to receive money in return for old cartridges.
* Do some research. Look online for nearby organisations or business that will buy your used cartridges or take them off your hands.
* Contact us to answer all of your cartridge recycling needs and we can connect you with the cartridge manufacturer.
* If you really must throw your cartridges away with ordinary waste, then at least seal the cartridge in its original packaging or an airtight packet so that the ink and other chemicals don’t leak out of the cartridge.
We urge all our customers to do their bit for the environment and the safety of their communities. Please recycle your cartridges and prevent contamination of nearby water sources and soil.