Find somewhere local to drop off your used cartridges for free recycling.
If you have any full or unused cartridges, try our full cartridge guide instead.
Summary of Benefits
Cost: Free of charge recycling.
Environment: Cartridges may be only recycled, not reused.
Convenience: Local drop-off.
Society: No charitable benefit made.
Not a good solution for you? Try the other options in our empty cartridge recycling guide instead.
RecycleNow have a database of thousands of recycling points across the country for various types of material.
When on their page, choose 'Where to Recycle a Specific Item' > 'Others' > 'Toner & Printer Cartridges' > 'Continue' and enter your postcode to find locations nearby.
You can take any type of cartridge to Staples stores in the UK for recycling. When your return a cartridge they will offer you £1 off the purchase of a new cartridge if you take in a single empty cartridge, or £2 off a multipack of cartridges if 2 or more empties are returned. Their prices are not that cheap however, so you may just wish to use the free recycling option.
Most larger Tesco stores ('Extra' and 'Superstores', but not 'Metro' or 'Express') have a recycling point for recycling empty ink cartridges. Note: this is thus not suitable for larger toner cartridges.
You can check if a store has an ink cartridge recycling point by using the store locator to search for a store — it will if it shows a green recycling symbol in the list of facilities.
75% of empty cartridges in the UK 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 nationwide, and cut through the misinformation to ensure that your cartridges do not go to landfill.
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