There are a couple of services run by companies that will offer to collect your empty cartridges for free if you can collect a minimum quantity.
If you have any full or unused cartridges, try our full cartridge guide instead.
Summary of Benefits
Convenience: You can normally return whatever type of cartridges you like without sorting or checking.
Environment: Cartridges will be reused where possible.
Society: Generally no benefit to good causes.
Quantity: You will need to collect a minimum quantity.
Try the other options in our empty cartridge recycling guide if this isn't a good solution for you.
Free boxes supplied, and free collections. Minimum of 15 cartridges required. Take any ink and toner cartridges and maintenance kits, but cannot take any 'toner bottles'. Notional benefit to charity, but no transparency on this and money raised is unlikely to be significant.
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.
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