Ink and toner cartridges are among the most damaging things to the environment that people throw away. The environment is taxed almost to the brink, so do you want to be throwing something away that will spend the next 500 to 1,000 years in a landfill? When you think about it in those terms, keeping them out of waste containers is an easy decision. By reusing, donating or recycling instead of putting them in a waste container, you will be doing a good deed for future generations. Here are some suggestions for disposing of used cartridges without leaving a black mark on the earth.
Send Them Back to the Manufacturer
Manufacturers of ink and toner cartridges often offer you rebates if you send back your used items. In fact, many companies even offer postage-paid, envelopes for sending them back. When they receive your used cartridges, they will usually give you five to ten percent off your next purchase. If you don’t get an envelope for larger items, send them back yourself. You’ll probably get a more attractive rebate.
Donate to a Non-Profit Organization or Charity
Check your area for non-profit organizations or charities that accept used ink and toner cartridges and review their policies. These outfits often hook up with manufacturers to get cash back for sending them in. You might be able to write these off on your income tax.
You may be able to sell your used ink and toner cartridges for cash. Some organizations will pay you for used ink and toner cartridges, especially if you have a lot of them. You may, however, need to send in a minimum amount to qualify for cash back. Start stacking your cartridges in waste containers and when you have a good pile, take them in or send them away.
Check Out Office Supply Stores
Local office supply stores will more than likely take your used ink and toner cartridges. You can usually find bins in the store that are marked for these used shells. If you can’t find them, ask a store attendant or inquire at customer service.
Set Up a Neighbourhood Recycling Program
In addition to all the abovementioned means, you can work with your neighbours to create a recycling program. This will allow you to gather a large number of cartridges and dispose of them all at once, which will save time for everyone involved. The group can then decide how to dispose of them.