healthy house institute

4 Free HHI Books:

Creating a Healthy Household, The Healthy House Answer Book, Healthy Home Building, The Healthy House 4th Edition
Your email will only be used as described in our Privacy Policy

Follow us on Twitter

 

Search

Proud Supporter of:

OnlineCourses.com

 

OpenCourseWare

Article

Five Tips for Effectively Disposing of Printer Cartridges

By James Adams

Used printer cartridges are among the most environmentally damaging things that people regularly throw away. If a printer cartridge goes in the trash, it will spend the next 500 to 1000 years in a landfill or in the open ocean. The ink or toner stored in used printer cartridges leaches into the soil or water, which can poison the environment for centuries to come.

 

article continues below ↓


We do not strictly control Google ad content. If you believe any Google ad is inappropriate, please email us directly here.

Fortunately, there are so many easy ways to dispose of them more effectively. By recycling, reusing or donating our printer cartridges, we can do our small part to keep the earth clean. Read on for some tips on how to get rid of used cartridges without harming the environment.

1. Mail Cartridges Back to the Manufacturer for Rebates

Many ink cartridge makers such as Lexmark, HP, Dell, and Epson include a special envelope for this purpose inside the package. It is easy to keep this envelope until the cartridge's life has expired, seal the used plastic shell inside, and mail it back to the manufacturer. Upon receipt of your recycled cartridge, most companies will offer rebates in the range of 5-10% off your next cartridge purchase. Additionally, most will pay for postage costs.

For larger ink or toner cartridges, you may not receive an envelope with your purchase. However, if you take the initiative and find a box or envelope yourself, you are likely to receive a far more attractive rebate. Some laser toner cartridges can be very expensive, and a 30% rebate can result in significant savings on your next purchase.

2. Donate to Charity or Non-Profit Organizations

 

Many charity and non-profit groups all over the country accept donations of used ink cartridges. You can donate to a local group, or you can mail your cartridge to a national group whose work you support. These groups often have deals with manufacturers to receive cash donations in exchange for recycled cartridges.

You may be able to write this off as a charitable donation on your taxes. Carefully review your chosen charity's policies for printer cartridge donations.

 

3. Sell Used Cartridges for Cash

If you'd like some extra cash in your pocket, some organizations will write you a check for your used printer cartridges. Many of these companies are geared toward businesses that tend to use a high volume of ink and toner cartridges, and often require you to send a minimum number of cartridges. However, you can save up cartridges by keeping a box in the basement or in a corner of your office. Then when you have enough used cartridges, you can send them off. The amount you receive per cartridge varies depending on the group you use.

4. Take Cartridges to Office Supply Stores

If you just want a hassle-free way to get rid of your used cartridges without worrying about centuries of environmental degradation, you can take these cartridges to your local office supply store. Office Depot, Staples and other such businesses will often take your cartridges for free. Simply take your used plastic shells to the store, drop them in the marked recycling bin and go about your daily business. If there is no clearly marked location, you may need to ask where you can leave your used printer cartridges at customer service.

While this option is neither the most lucrative nor the most charity-beneficial, it is a convenient way to care for the environment. Simply store your used cartridges until you need to buy office supplies. You don't need to add any extra tasks to your busy schedule.

5. Set Up Neighborhood or Office Cartridge Recycling Programs

As an adjunct measure to any of the above cartridge disposal tips, you can spearhead the creation of a neighborhood or office building recycling program. This way, you can dispose of a large amount of cartridges at once and save time for everyone.

 

 

James Adams is a specialist at Cartridge Save. His role is educating consumers about printing technology, supplies, and equipment such as laserjet cartridges and toner.

 

HHI Error Correction Policy

HHI is committed to accuracy of content and correcting information that is incomplete or inaccurate. With our broad scope of coverage of healthful indoor environments, and desire to rapidly publish info to benefit the community, mistakes are inevitable. HHI has established an error correction policy to welcome corrections or enhancements to our information. Please help us improve the quality of our content by contacting allen@healthyhouseinstitute.com with corrections or suggestions for improvement. Each contact will receive a respectful reply.

The Healthy House Institute (HHI), a for-profit educational LLC, provides the information on HealthyHouseInstitute.com as a free service to the public. The intent is to disseminate accurate, verified and science-based information on creating healthy home environments.

 

While an effort is made to ensure the quality of the content and credibility of sources listed on this site, HHI provides no warranty - expressed or implied - and assumes no legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, product or process disclosed on or in conjunction with the site. The views and opinions of the authors or originators expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of HHI: its principals, executives, Board members, advisors or affiliates.

Five Tips for Effectively Disposing of Printer Cartridges:  Created on September 15th, 2011.  Last Modified on May 7th, 2013

 

We do not strictly control Google ad content. If you believe any Google ad is inappropriate, please email us directly here.

 

 

Information provided by The Healthy House Institute is designed to support, not to replace the relationship between patient/physician or other qualified healthcare provider.

Education Partners

 

 

Popular Topics: Air Cleaners & Air Purifiers | Allergies & Asthma | Energy Efficiency & Energy Savings | Healthy Homes | Green Building
Green Cleaning | Green Homes | Green Living | Green Remodeling | Indoor Air Quality | Water Filters | Water Quality

© 2006-2017 The Healthy House Institute, LLC.

 

About The Healthy House Institute | Contact HHI | HHI News & Media | Linking Resources | Advertising Info | Privacy Policy | Legal Disclaimer

 

HHI Info