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How can I recycle my printer cartridges?

As you can imagine, used printer cartridges take an awfully long time to decompose (about 1,000 years!). So it's definitely kinder to the environment to recycle them for remanufacturing than to chuck them in the bin destined for landfill.

Various organisations offer free collection and / or free post envelopes to allow you to do this, and you may even get a bit of money for them, but you usually need to have a few to dispose of before they come round.

The one we recommend is Return a Toner. If you have 10 or more to dispose of, you can book a collection online or call them on 01908 635330 to arrange one quoting 'Paperstone'. You can also email info@returnatoner.com to get a quote for recycling your old IT equipment.

If your waste cartridges have any market value, Return a Toner can either pay you that amount or make an equivalent charity donation on your behalf - whatever you prefer. If they don't have any market value, Return a Toner are one of the very few collection companies to break down and recycle used cartridges that cannot be used for remanufacture.

If you are a lighter user of print cartridges and don't have enough waste for a free collection, you can use Recyle Now's Recycling Locator to find your nearest drop-off point.

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