Canada Empty Printer Cartridge Recycling Guide

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1. Return to Manufacturer

Most cartridge manufacturers have free Canada-based take-back schemes that will accept cartridges that they manufactured in order to reuse them, or break down the materials for recycling.

Epson

Epson can recycle your empty inkjet cartridges, but requires you to cover the cost of postage. Contact them by email to recycle your empty toner cartridges.

Hewlett Packard (HP)

HP have free services for their entire range of cartridges. You can drop off your empties at a retail store, print off a postage-paid label, request free collection boxes or arrange a pickup.

Lexmark

Lexmark offer free postage-paid labels for toner/laser cartridges, and will send you postage-paid bags to return your ink cartridges.

Recycle Lexmark toner/laser cartridges

Recycle Lexmark ink cartridges

Canon

Canon allow return of empty toner/laser cartridges by printing off a postage-paid Canada Post label.

Recycle Canon cartridges

Brother

Brother runs a free service to return your toner cartridges using printable pre-paid postage labels.

Dell

Dell offers a free postal return service for their ink and toner cartridges, and pallet pickups if you have large quantities.

Samsung

Samsung's STAR program takes back all their ink and toner cartridges with pre-paid postage labels that you can print. If you use large quantities of cartridges they can also offer free collection boxes to store your empties in.

Xerox

Xerox offer free return via their Eco Box system for most of their cartridges, collected by Purolator.

Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta accept returns of cartridges from any manufacturer. They collect for free by UPS, can offer you free collection boxes to store your empty cartridges in if you have many of them, and collect by pallet if you have more than 100 toner cartridges.

Oki

Oki offer a free service to collect their own brand of toner cartridges using Purolator. You will need to scroll down to the 'Toner Recycling' section.

Kyocera Mita

Their cartridge recycling service for toner cartridges is free, and they pay the postage to return your boxes by Canada Post. You just need to print off the pre-paid label and attach a copy to every box you wish to send.

Ricoh

Some of Ricoh's cartridges can be recycled locally using your municipality's recycling services. If this isn't the case, you can use a pre-paid label to return them to Ricoh. If you use a higher than normal quantity of Ricoh cartridges, they can offer free boxes, collections or pallet pickups.

Neopost

New Neopost cartridges come with a prepaid return label for your old cartridge. If you have misplaced this, please get in touch with them instead for a replacement.

Panasonic

Panasonic do not appear to have a recycling program in Canada.

Sharp

Your Sharp cartridges can be returned to them for free using a prepaid Canada Post postage label that you can print from their web site.

Kodak

Kodak does not offer a Canadian cartridge recycling program.

Toshiba

Through 'Close the Loop' Toshiba offer a free recycling service for any cartridges, bottles and ink from any printer, copier or fax machine.

2. Return to Your Cartridge Supplier

If your manufacturer does not have a takeback scheme, some suppliers of cartridges will offer to take back the empties. Please ask your supplier to see if this is something they can offer you.

3. Refill at a Cartridge Refill Shop

If you can't find somewhere to recycle your cartridge, you may like to have your cartridge refilled at a cartridge refill shop, like Cartridge World shops, saving the need to send it away and saving money on your new cartridges.

High streets of major towns and cities have shops dedicated to refilling cartridges, and will normally be happy to take your empty cartridges if you get them refilled there.

4. Collection Boxes in Shops

As a last resort, many high street shops that sell cartridges, and many charity shops have cartridge recycling boxes and will take any kind of cartridge as they can all be bundled together.

You might like to try Best Buy, Future Shop, or The Source for a cartridge collection box too.

Why Recycle Empty Cartridges?

75% of empty cartridges are not recycled even though there are plenty of reuse and recycling options, and many of them are free and easy to use.

A typical cartridge, with its plastics and electronics, will take up to 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill site, but having an empty cartridge reused saves up to 2.5kg of CO2 compared to making a new cartridge from scratch.

EveryCartridge.com is here to help you to find and use the many services that exist locally and nationally, and cut through the misinformation to ensure that your cartridges do not go to landfill.

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