The Proper Way To Recycle Your Used Ink Cartridges

Most people simply throw away their ink cartridges when they are through with them.  It is better to recycle ink cartridges because they can have a detrimental effect on the environment.  Manufacturing ink cartridges requires energy which results in more carbon emissions.  Throwing away ink cartridges also cause our landfills to fill up more quickly because it takes hundreds of years for ink cartridges to decompose.  Recycling is a lot easier and more cost effective than many people realize.

Old Ink Cartridges

Recycling Old Ink Cartridge is Easier Than Ever

People who do not recycle their old ink cartridges have many excuses for doing so.  Some think that it would be too time consuming while others think it is expensive to recycle ink cartridges. Then there are those who just do not care about the environment. Recycle is neither time consuming or expensive so make a commitment to start recycling today.

Take It To An Office Supply Store

The easiest and most convenient way to recycle your old ink cartridges is to take them to an office supply store.  Most of these stores will take your ink cartridges for free.  Set aside your ink cartridges that need to be recycled by placing them in a plastic bag which will prevent any ink that leaks out from making a mess.  There is no need to make a special trip to the office supply store which will waste gasoline.  Save your ink cartridges until the next time you are going to the office supply store, then simply drop them off.

Recycle Programs:

Take It To A Charity Office

Many charities will take your old ink cartridges that need to be recycled.  This is a great way to recycle your old ink cartridges because the charities will sell them to raise money and you can deduct the value of your donation from your taxes.  If there are no charities near you that accept donations of old ink cartridges, you can mail them to a charity that does accept them.

Check out this Recycling Locator:

Sell It To An Ink Recycling Company

You can also make some extra money selling your used ink cartridges.  Many companies that buy ink cartridges require you sell them a minimum amount, such as 10 or more.  You can save them until you have the minimum amount, or you could ask your friends and neighbors to join you so can reach the needed amount of cartridges.  The amount of money you will receive varies depending on the type of cartridges you have.

These are some of the Recycling Companies:


Green Recycle

Send It Back To The Manufacturer

Many printer manufacturers offer rebates for returning your used ink cartridges.  The manufacturer will recycle your old ink cartridge, sometimes in their own manufacturing facility.  This is a great option because it cuts out the middle man which results in using less energy to recycle your ink cartridges. You will usually receive a rebate of somewhere between five and twenty percent off the cost of a new ink cartridge.

Manufacturer Ink Cartridge Recycle Programs:

Go Green! Let’s Recycle, Let’s Save The Earth!

It makes no sense to throw away used ink cartridges because it is easy and economical to do so.  You can drop them off at your office supply store or donate them to charity.  You can return them to the manufacturer for a rebate or even sell them for cash.  Choose the best method for you and start recycling today.


4 thoughts on “The Proper Way To Recycle Your Used Ink Cartridges

  1. cheapinkdiscounts August 2, 2014 / 10:59 am

    Great tips. I just give them to my local recycling center and they take care of it. I actually had no idea that office supply stores recycled ink. Hmmm…Learn something new everyday.


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