4 Easy Ways to Recycle Used Toner Cartridges


4 Easy Ways to Recycle Used Toner Cartridges

Whether you have one printer or 100, you’ll inevitably end up with empty ink and toner cartridges that you don’t know what to do with. Recycling is an ideal option. It’s not only good for the environment, but it’s also an excellent way for your company to be more sustainable.

Toner cartridges are full of chemicals that take a long time to break down, which is why you don’t want them to end up in a landfill. The good news is they’re fully recyclable, and toner cartridge recycling is easier than ever.

Why Toner Recycling Matters

The numbers are shocking. More than 375 million empty ink and toner cartridges are thrown out every year, and most of them end up in landfills. It can take up to 1,000 years for a print cartridge to fully decompose in a landfill site, so you can imagine how damaging these cartridges can be to the environment.

An important thing to remember about toner is that it’s considered hazardous chemical waste. So, while recycling something as small as a toner cartridge may seem like an insignificant gesture when you multiply that by the millions of cartridges used by companies all over the world, you can see how significant the impact could be.

On top of that, if you recycle used toner cartridges, you reduce the amount of energy and natural resources required to make new ones. Convinced yet? If so, here are four ways to recycle your used toner cartridges:

1. Contact a remanufactured cartridge supplier.

Locate companies in your area that will take back your empty toner cartridges and use them to make other cartridges. Some may pay you for those empty toner cartridges so you might end up with a little extra money in your pocket.

Many remanufactured cartridge suppliers resell the refurbished cartridges as remanufactured toner. These remanufactured cartridges usually offer the same quality as original cartridges but at a fraction of the cost. 

2. Return empties to your supplier.

Most companies that sell ink and toner (including Office Interiors) will either take back used cartridges for recycling or provide instructions to recycle them yourself.

Big retailers like Staples, Office Depot and Costco have specific programs that encourage recycling of empty ink and toner cartridges. A few even offer reward systems that allow customers to save on future purchases by recycling their used products.

3. Donate them to charity.

Check with your favourite charity to see if it accepts donated used toner cartridges. You can also search online for any local groups like reBOOT Canada that will give the proceeds from your recycling efforts to charity.

4. Send them back to the manufacturer.

Contact the toner cartridge manufacturer directly. Many major brands have their own toner recycling programs, which include taking back used toner cartridges and reusing them or recycling them into other products.

At Office Interiors, Ricoh and Kyocera are two of our primary office technology partners, both of which provide free recycling programs for their used toner cartridges. Let’s take a closer look at what they offer.

How to Recycle Ricoh Toner Cartridges

Ricoh is an industry leader in environmental sustainability. It has won several awards for its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its operations and for how it encourages its customers to be sustainable as well.

The company has a comprehensive toner cartridge recycling program that allows customers to return empties free of charge.

Some of Ricoh’s cartridges can be recycled locally using your municipality’s recycling services. If this isn’t the case, you can use a pre-paid label to return them to Ricoh. If you use a higher than average quantity of Ricoh cartridges, the company provides free boxes, collections or pallet pickups.

How to Recycle Kyocera Toner Cartridges

Kyocera’s ECO footPRINTTM Toner Recycling Program also makes it easy for customers to recycle used toner cartridges.

Similar to the Ricoh program, customers can pack up used and empty cartridges and send them off to the company’s recycling partner. The recycling facility then turns the used cartridges into new products like pens, park benches and asphalt.

The recycling service for toner cartridges is free, and the company pays the postage to return your boxes by Canada Post.

Ready to Start Recycling?

As you can see, there are lots of great reasons to start recycling your used toner cartridges. Fortunately, there are also many ways to do that quickly and easily. Still, have questions? Please contact our Supplies Sales team today! We’ll be happy to help you get started.

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Cory Porteous
Director of Marketing & Inbound Business Development
Office Interiors

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