There are actually many ways to properly recycle old printer cartridges. These instructions are from a guide that’s linked below:
-Look at the instructions in the box of your new laser or inkjet cartridge to find out how to recycle your old one. Many companies will provide instructions, packaging materials and free postage if you wish to recycle your old cartridge, which is then refilled and used again.
-Contact Laser-Tone International at (800) EARTH-58. They offer a free of charge pick-up service for your old printer cartridges as well as many other office supplies.
-Get in touch with Eco-Office, at http://www.eco-office.com, about recycling and purchasing used cartridges. They will provide lists of companies in your area that will purchase your used cartridge, as well as companies that will provide remanufactured ones.
-Call the International Cartridge Recycling Association, at (202) 857-1154, for more information on recycling your cartridge.
You can also go to the place you originally bought your cartridge where they can safely discard the cartridge.
Some areas can also take your used cartridge and refill it with new ink. The cartridge is make up of several parts that can break, so you may only refill the cartridge a limited amount of times. A “drum-style” cartridge should only be refilled once or twice.
Office Depot accepts printer cartridges for recycling. You get the option of receiving a free ream of paper or getting a coupon for your next purchase. Best Buy has recently started providing recycling stations for printer cartridges and certain types of batteries.
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