UK Full Cartridge Recycling

It's best for these cartridges to be reused as full cartridges instead of recycled, as this is a much better use of the resources that went into making and filling the cartridge. Here are your options:

If you have empty cartridges, please see our empty cartridge recycling guide. If you have both full and empty, deal with your unused cartridges first as these will be handled at different facilities.

Plant Trees: CartridgeForest

CartridgeForest will plant 20 trees with their partner charity Trees for the Future for each eligible full cartridge received.

Helping charity Trees for the Future
Reuse is better than recycling
Free collections

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Charity: Cartridges4Charity

Cartridges4Charity supports The Against Malaria Foundation, who distribute anti-mosquito nets to save lives by preventing the spread of malaria.

Raising funds for an effective charity
Reuse is better than recycling
Free collections

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Donate: Charity Shop

Charity shops can take your cartridges and offer them for sale in-store.

This is only really suitable for the smaller ink cartridges used in home printers, as people do personal shopping in charity shops.

N.B. Please make sure you indicate that the cartridges you're donating are full, as they may otherwise attempt to recycle them as empty.

Last Resort: Recycle as Empties

If you're not able to find somebody to take your full cartridges as-is, please look at the empty cartridge recycling options.

For example, your cartridge's manufacturer will likely have a free recycling scheme in place to take empty cartridges, and you can send the full ones to the same place.

There are certainly free alternatives to binning your cartridges — where they will take up to 1,000 years to fully decompose.

Why Recycle Unused Cartridges?

Any full, surplus, unused cartridges you have should be reused as full cartridges before you consider recycling, or binning them.

This is a much better use of resources, as the cartridge will be used as intended and save on labour, energy and CO2 that would be used to produce a new cartridge.

Because they can be used as an alternative to buying new cartridges, your unused cartridges have value that can raise funds for good causes. is here to help you find something useful to do with them.

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