Did I mention that I might just do a bit of recycling?
Well, after two years of keeping printer cartridges, I had enough to warrant a trip to the newsagent to recycle them. I visited a great site that Kim found called “Recycling Near You“, created by Planet Ark so I could find my nearest cartridge recycling centre. It is now so easy to find a recycling station near you in Australia, not only for printer cartridges, but for all stuff that has the potential to be recycled.
As we use a lot of ink due to the Sustainable Living Group stationary demands (how ironic), here is what I ended up with after two years of collection. A big bag full of plastic ink cartridges.
They went to the newsagents and into a bin similar to this.
Another bag full of cardboard boxes. These went into the normal recycling bin at home.
Here is an example of the types of printer cartridges that you could recycle. Anything from laser printer toner, to inkjet cartridges like mine.
The only thing that I couldn’t recycle was the little plastic bags that came in the inkjet boxes.
They didn’t have an identification number on them, so I really wasn’t sure if I could recycle them. Not wanting to contaminate my recycling bin, I was forced to put them into landfill which broke my heart.
So, if you have the need to dispose of your next toner cartridge, please think twice before throwing it into the normal bin.
Look for this logo, or organise a workplace collection by visiting the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark website. Diverting waste from landfill just makes common sense. If you want to know what happens to your old printer consumables, have a look at the recycling methods and products. You may be sitting on some in your local park!
Annet and Kirk says
Hi Gavin, Did you know you can refill that style of cartridge as well, which is better than recycling, because there is even less imapct – no new packaging, only one new sticker covering the points until you get it home, supporting local business, etc. We refill all our cartridges and have only once had an issue, which they fixed as soon as we let them know about it. Just a thought about reusing before recycling!
john (dad) says
i use lexmark cartridges and they provide you with a return bag for your used cartridges, also i get my black cartridges refilled . have had no hassles.
Yeah I agree with the other comments about reusing>recycling. Speaking of the topic of being green when you print, I actually wrote an interesting (well I think so) article yesterday about how to cut down on printer ink costs by using a different font. Check it out if you’re so inclined: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/which-font-is-cheapest-to-type.html
Cheap Printer Ink says
Get recycled your cartridge and be helpful to save environment.And important thing is that ,a cartridge will come in reuse.
Recycling printer cartridges is a really good thing to do nowadays. Also, get savings from your printing costs if you use premium compatible HP toners for your HP printer.
Since printer cartridges are nonbiodagradable, it is important to recycle them. It is one of the best ways to help mother earth.
Through recycling ink cartridges, we are reducing the amount of waste that goes into the landfill and reusing the old shells, enabling us to reduce the amount of oil that is consumed daily.
cheap ink cartridges says
Great information about recycling. mostly users thinks that collaborating them for one years is a big headache for them however you proved that it means nothing for our daily routine.
I am also using ink cartridges of INKRITE as re-manufactured cartridges and i am also in favour of recycling everything.
Refilled Cartridges says
Yeah I agree with the other comments about reusing>recycling. Speaking of the topic of being green when you print,
Ron Hogan says
This is great. Recycling is always a good choice.