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How Can I Recycle Ink Cartridges and Toners?

The most eco friendly option is to check for local recycling centres that allow you to take your empty ink and toner cartridges for recycling. There is an easy way to check which centre is closest to you with the handy postcode search on the Recycle Now website

This keeps the carbon mileage of an empty cartridge to a minimum.

What Are The Alternatives?

If you own a printer that uses 2 ink tanks containing a print head, i.e. 1 Black and 1 Colour, you can send empty cartridges off to the Recycling Factory - This way, the cartridge goes directly back into use and helps keep a steady flow of Remanufactured cartridges in the market

If you wish to return empty cartridges purchased from INKredible and are unable to recycle them locally, please contact our Customer Service team with your email address or an order number and the number of cartridges you wish to return for recycling.

Recycling Tips

To keep things even greener, we'd recommend you collect a bundle of your empties together before disposing of them. This helps to keep the impact of transit emissions to a minimum, lessening the carbon footprint even further!

Alternatively, many charities can benefit from the proceeds of recycling ink cartridges and toners. As such, it may be worth checking with your local charity shops if you'd prefer to keep your contribution more local.

Here are just a few ideas for collecting as many empty cartridges as possible:

  • Teachers or parents? Why not set up a cartridge collection point at nurseries, schools, colleges or universities! Collect in bulk and we can arrange a collection when your box is full!

  • Make something arty! Pinterest is always full of interesting ideas for arts, crafts and projects using recyclables

  • Check out your local library or supermarket to see if they have a recycling scheme available? You may be able to exchange them for Nectar points or similar rewards

OEM Recycling Schemes

Many of the Original Equipment Manufacturers also have their own recycling schemes for used ink cartridges and toners if you would prefer to use those. Please be aware that they only accept genuine cartridges and toners rather than any made by a third party or those that have already been remanufactured. Some OEM's also accept used printers on their schemes, but do check the terms and conditions before sending anything!

Brother Printer Cartridge Recycling

The 'Brother Earth' recycling scheme provides specific advice on recycling not only your used Genuine Brother ink cartridges and toner cartridges, but your unwanted Brother printers too.

You can also watch a series of videos detailing how Brother are attempting to help the environment by optimising package design, producing low energy standby technology and generally being good eco eggs!

Canon Printer Cartridge Recycling

Did you know that Canon has been operating a cartridge recycling programme since 1990 and they are committed to a 'no waste to landfill' policy?

Canon will recycle Genuine Ink Cartridges and Toner Cartridges for free but they do have a list of acceptable cartridges that must be adhered to. The also ask that a minimum of 5 cartridges are sent in their returns bags to cut down on both costs and unnecessary transportation.

Epson Printer Cartridge Recycling

Epson's recycling philosophy is "To conserve valuable environmental resources and reduce waste we aim to collect and recycle as many products and supplies as possible"

The Epson recycling programme consists of single return (via postal) and bulk return (via box collection programme) depending on whether you're an individual or a larger organisation.

HP Printer Cartridge Recycling

The 'HP Planet Partners' recycling programme collects used products for resale and recycling in 74 countries and territories worldwide.

As well as Genuine HP Ink and Toner cartridges, they also collect Samsung Toner Cartridges. Once registered, you can arrange for a toner recycling bag or up to 5 ink cartridge recycling bags to be sent to you. Each recycling bag can hold between 5-10 cartridges.

Dell Printer Cartridge Recycling

Most Genuine Dell products contain a free recycling bag enabling you to easily return the cartridge you've just replaced. For larger quantities, head to the Dell website where you can print off a label to return up to 300 ink cartridges or 20 toners per box.

Businesses or organisations with much greater usage can also get a pallet collected for free, so there's no excuse not to recycle!

Samsung Printer Cartridge Recycling

Since HP's acquisition of Samsung's global printing business back in 2017, all Genuine Samsung toner recycling is dealt with by them.

Again, they guarantee that no cartridge goes to landfill and the plastic recovered in the process is used to manufacture new Original HP cartridges with the same quality and reliability you have come to rely on with Original HP supplies.