There are many Canada-wide and local services that recycle empty cartridges, and we've put together this guide to help find the best solution for you.
If you have full & unused cartridges still sealed in their packaging, do not recycle them — send them to CartridgeForest who plant 20 trees with partner Trees for the Future for every unused cartridge they can reuse:
If you have at least 20 cartridges (ink or toner), or 20lbs of cartridges (6+ toner cartridges) to send, Staples will give you a free UPS ground shipping label you can use to send them for recycling.
Staples, Best Buy, London Drugs and most other office supplies stores take empty cartridges in-store for recycling.
Some will offer you a discount on the purchase of toners when you bring in your empties, but beware that their prices may be overinflated on these products before the discount anyway.
Please check that programs are not affected by covid-19 restrictions before making a special trip.
Most cartridge manufacturers have free Canada-based take-back schemes — shipping and disposal costs are paid for by them — that will accept cartridges that they manufactured in order to reuse them, or break down the materials for recycling.
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.
Brother runs a free service to return your toner cartridges using printable pre-paid postage labels, and you'll get a 30% coupon code for your next purchase through their web site. You do not need to check the box for promotional emails.
Canon allow return of single empty toner/laser cartridges by printing off a postage-paid Canada Post label, and larger numbers by Purolator.
Dell offers a free postal return service for their ink and toner cartridges, and pallet pickups if you have large quantities.
Epson can recycle your empty inkjet cartridges, but requires you to cover the cost of postage. Mail your package to: Epson Canada Ink Cartridge Recycling Centre, 1601 Tricont Ave, Unit 2, Whitby ON L1N 7N5
Kodak does not offer a Canadian cartridge recycling program.
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.
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.
Lexmark offer free postage-paid labels for toner/laser cartridges only via Purolator (not for ink cartridges).
New Neopost cartridges come with a prepaid return label for your old cartridge. If you have misplaced this, please get in touch with Quadrient (who own the Neopost brand) instead for a replacement.
Oki previously offered a free service to collect their own brand of toner cartridges using Purolator. Please enquire from this link with Oki directly to see what options are available to you under your service contract.
Panasonic do not appear to have a recycling program in Canada.
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.
HP now take care of Samsung's toner cartridges -- please contact HP at this link.
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.
You will need to contact Toshiba directly for more information on any service they can offer.
Xerox offer free return via their Eco Box system for most of their cartridges, collected by Purolator.
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.
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.
Most cities have shops dedicated to refilling cartridges, and will normally be happy to take your empty cartridges if you get them refilled there.
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.