Recycle Your Empty Cartridges: Why, What Happens to Them and How You Can Save the Planet

(cartridges being counted after they have been shipped to our HQ)

We all know that recycling is important, but if you're like me, you probably don't think about the little things like ink cartridges. I'm not sure why it never crossed my mind before, but after reading this article and finding out what happens to them when they are recycled, I am definitely going to start! Recycling an empty cartridge saves up to 5lbs of CO2 compared to making a new one from scratch- so let's get started on those empties!

There are a few ways to recycle your empty cartridges- you can take them to a recycling center, or send them back to the manufacturer. If you have an HP printer, for example, there is a free postage-paid envelope included with every new cartridge that you can use to mail in your old ones. You can also trade in your used cartridges for money through some companies like Whatever option you choose, it's important that we all do our part in order to help keep our planet healthy!

Why we need to recycle our ink cartridges

In 2004 the state of California (and many other states) passed a law which requires retailers to collect an advanced recovery fee when a consumer purchases a new televisions or monitors. The fee is deposited in a fund managed by the state, which was created to finance recycling of unwanted electronics.

What the manufacturers and big box office stores don't want you to know

Most manufacturers will take back their products for free at the end-of-life but WILL NOT send you money for you return efforts. Staples and office depot simply offer store credit as a reward but requires you to spend more of your hard earned money! Recycling your empty ink cartridge can be a real money saver! pays you cash, and we make it incredibly easy.

Recycle my ink cartridges: How does it work?

It's really simple to send us your old empty printer cartridges - just click on the link above or visit our website at . You will find all of the information you need about recycling services for used and empty printer cartridges as well as details on how much you could earn by sending them back with free shipping labels provided by When we receive your cartridge(s) we then clean and inspect each one where applicable before.

What do ink cartridges do to the planet?

A standard cartridge, with its plastics and circuitry, may take up to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill. Using an empty cartridge instead of manufacturing a new one results in CO2 savings of up to 5 pounds compared to making a fresh cartridge from scratch.

Who offers FREE Shipping to take back my empty cartridges?

Recycle your inkjet cartridges and get cash from some companies like Whichever option you choose, it is important that we all do our part to help keep our planet healthy! What will happen if everyone recycled their empty cartridges? If every person on the planet recycled their empty cartridges, we would save nearly 100 million pounds of CO2 emissions annually – or the equivalent of taking 20,000 cars off the road. That's a pretty impressive statistic! How can I recycle my empty ink cartridge? There are many ways to recycle your empty printer cartridges, may take up to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill. Using an empty cartridge instead of manufacturing a new one results in CO2 savings of up to 5 pounds compared to making a fresh cartridge from scratch.

Free pre-paid shipping labels for empty inkjet cartridges are easy to get from

Add cartridges to your recycling cart and click "Get Paid". On the next page you will choose the type of ink cartridge you are returning, and how many labels you need. After that, you're just one click away from downloading your pre-paid shipping labels.

In order to provide additional value to our customers, InkRecycling has partnered with you to recycle your HP ink cartridges. Through this partnership with every customer, InkRecycling will be able to pay you money for every HP cartridge that is listed on the buy back price list. This allows InkRecycling to provide money in the form of a check to each cartridge recycler.

Why choose money vs points?

Do Not waste your time bringing them to an office supply store like Staples or Office Depot. Most likely the employee will not know what you are talking about and will turn around and throw the empty cartridges in the trash! Unbelievable! After 2021 most office supply stores are going out of business and will not waste their time with your trash.

If you have used a cartridge, is here to assist you in locating and utilizing the numerous local and national recycling services so that your cartridges do not end up in a landfill.

Do you have any other tips on how to recycle ink cartridges? Share them in the comments below!

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