Almost all printer manufacturers offer free recycling schemes for original cartridges that were made by them, as a courtesy to you as their customer.
If you have any full or unused cartridges, try our full cartridge guide instead.
Summary of Benefits
Cost: Free collections and postage are offered as a courtesy to you as their customer.
Convenience: You must only return original cartridges made by that specific manufacturer.
Environment: Cartridges are partially reused, as they can reuse certain parts in new cartridges.
Society: No charitable benefit made.
Not a good solution for you? Try the other options in our empty cartridge recycling guide instead.
First, check if your cartridge (or the new one you've bought) came with a pre-paid recycling envelope or postage label to use to return an empty cartridge. If not, choose your printer's manufacturer below for further information on their recycling scheme.
If you've not got a label or envelope from the manufacturer, visit their web site to arrange recycling.
This free service allows you to return most laserjet and inkjet cartridges that were made by HP.
Lexmark's service collects most of their ink and laser cartridges.
N.B. If requesting ink cartridge return bags, you are not required to tick the box that says that your details can be used for marketing.
Canon currently accepts most of its toner and ink cartridges for free recycling.
Brother runs a free postal service for returning cartridges.
N.B. You are not required to tick the box saying that Brother may contact you in the future.
Dell offers a postal return service for their ink and toner cartridges.
Samsung take back their toner cartridges.
Offer free postal return for most of their cartridges.
Accept returns of cartridges for some of their printers and office systems.
Oki offer a freepost service for low volumes of returns, and a collection service for more high-volume users.
Accept return of their own genuine cartridges by a FREEPOST address.
Epson's free service collects most of their ink and laser cartridges.
N.B. You are not required to tick the box that says that your details can be used for marketing.
Ricoh offer a free service to recycle your Ricoh print consumables.
Send Neopost an email with your details, and they'll send you a Freepost envelope to return one or more Neopost cartridges.
Panasonic can send you pre-paid postal return labels for their own branded cartridges.
I'm afraid Sharp do not run a recycling service that we know of.
I'm afraid Philips do not run a recycling service that we know of.
I'm afraid Kodak do not run a recycling service that we know of. If you would like to contact them about this, please email them at [email protected].
Kodak recently claimed that their cartridges are recyclable along with your household or business plastics collection, and can be included as such.
Toshiba offer a subsidised recycling service, in the form of their ECO BOX product. Please contact your Toshiba Supplier for details of this using this page.
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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