If you have full / unused cartridges made by your original printer manufacturer and still sealed in their packaging, try our full cartridge guide instead:
This will raise much more for good causes, and your full cartridges are reused instead of just recycled as empties.
It used to be relatively easy to find a service that would collect your office toner cartridges for free, and probably give some money to a charity as well.
Unfortunately, the market value of empty cartridges has declined over the last 10 years — the costs of collecting have increased too, and many companies in this space have become insolvent or merged, and Brexit brings additional costs for any companies who might export empties for recycling in the EU or beyond.
We are only aware now of two options that you can make use of.
Supports The Against Malaria Foundation, who distribute anti-mosquito nets to save lives by preventing the spread of malaria.
You will be eligible for a free collection if you have at least 15 toner cartridges ready for collection per parcel that are genuine versions made by original printer manufacturers (and not the compatible variety), and you will need to check the models of your specific items to work out if they have enough value to cover costs and raise funds.
If Cartridges4Charity are unable to take your toners for a free collection, it's highly unlikely any charity will be able to benefit to any meaningful extent from your cartridges.
Revialis will collect a minimum of 15 toners free of charge, and do not require you to check them against a valuable list, but they do not make any charity donation.
You must return your cartridges in the cardboard boxes they provide (for free) and you must not send any toner bottles / cassettes / waste toner containers, or fusers, drums, imaging units or other electronics.
Temporarily suspended while they work out logistics details post-Brexit.
Try the other options in our main empty cartridge recycling guide instead — you may be able to return to your manufacturer, find a local drop-off service, or make use of a paid-for recycling service.
Please do not bin your cartridges in any circumstances — they will take thousands of years to decompose in landfill, and if you are a business you have a legal obligation to have your waste treated and disposed of appropriately.
Try the other options in our empty cartridge recycling guide if this isn't a good solution for you.
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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