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Go Green: How to Refill & Recycle Printer Ink & Toner Cartridges

Looking for ways to work responsibly to better our environment? There are many things you can do on a daily basis to become more environmentally conscious, especially when it comes to printer usage. Consider recycling your empty toner cartridge at office supply retailers. Or, think about using an ink refill kit to refill your old printer ink and toner cartridges yourself. Some ink manufacturers even offer buy-back incentive programs. However you choose to recycle, doing so helps keep ink and toner cartridges out of landfills.

Refilling used printer ink and toner cartridges

If you are the do-it-yourself type, try a refill kit to reuse your empty ink cartridges. Is manual labor not your style?  Consider finding a local print shop that can do it for you for a small fee. If you choose to use the do-it-yourself route, refilling your own cartridges can be fairly straightforward and can help you save some money along the way. However, toner and ink cartridges can only be refilled a limited number of times. Their parts, such as nozzles, are not designed for a lifetime of continued refilling. The plus side of refilled printer toner and ink cartridges is that using them will not void the warranty on your inkjet or laser printer. So, you can still achieve quality printing results—even on recycled paper.

 Recycling programs for used printer ink and toner cartridges

According to, if you stacked the number of discarded printer ink and toner cartridges worldwide in a single year, there would be enough cartridges to circle the Earth more than three times. The site also states that would take nearly a gallon of oil just to make one new laser toner cartridge. To reduce such waste, many office supply retailers and ink and toner cartridge manufacturers now offer incentive programs to collect empty printer toner and ink cartridges for recycling. Often, you can earn store credit towards extra office supplies you need for your home or workplace. These recycling programs collect, clean, refill, test and resell as remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. Or the materials from the cartridges are recycled and reused for various other purposes.

Not sure what to do with your empty ink or toner cartridges? Whether you choose to recycle them or refill them, you are doing your part to work responsibly.  Consider visiting your closest office supply retailer and inquire about the recycling programs they have to offer or the types of refill kits available to help you decide what to do with your empty printer ink cartridges.


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