USA Empty Printer Cartridge Recycling Guide

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1. Return to Manufacturer

Most cartridge manufacturers have free US-based take-back schemes that will accept cartridges that they manufactured in order to reuse them, or break down the materials for recycling.


Epson can recycle your empty inkjet cartridges, but requires you to cover the cost of postage. They also offer a free collection programme for their AcuLaser CX11N Series cartridges.

Hewlett Packard (HP)

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.


Lexmark offer free postage-paid labels for toner/laser cartridges, and will send you postage-paid bags to return your ink cartridges.

Recycle Lexmark toner/laser cartridges

Recycle Lexmark ink cartridges


Canon allow return of empty toner/laser cartridges by printing off a postage-paid UPS label.

Recycle Canon toner/laser cartridges

Canon inkjet cartridges can be returned by dropping them off at one of over 1,600 FedEx Office Print & Ship Centers.

Recycle Canon ink cartridges

For customers wishing to make a return from Hawaii, Alaska or a U.S. Territory, please contact 1-800-OK-CANON.


Brother runs a free service to return your toner and ink cartridges through USPS using printable postage-paid labels.

N.B. You are not required to tick the box saying that Brother may contact you in the future.


Dell offers a free postal return service for their ink and toner cartridges, and pallet pickups if you have large quantities.


HP now handle the recycling of Samsung cartridges. They take back their ink and toner cartridges with pre-paid USPS labels that you can print. If you use large quantities of cartridges they can also offer free collection boxes to store your empties in.


Xerox offer free postal return for most of their cartridges, or pallet collections for larger numbers.

Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta accept returns of cartridges for some of their printers and office systems through pre-paid UPS labels that you can print online, as well as pallet collections for larger quantities. They can offer you free collection boxes to store your empty cartridges in if you have many.


Oki used to offer a free service to return cartridges by dropping them off at a return location. You will need to contact them directly to see if they can offer you this service on your contract.

Kyocera Mita

Customers can request — free of charge — recycling boxes from their authorized Kyocera dealer. Fill the boxes with depleted and waste Kyocera toner containers, seal and send to our recycling facility partner, Close the Loop. See the section on the linked page entitled "ECO FOOTPRINT TONER CONTAINER RECYCLING PROGRAM".


Many Ricoh cartridges come with a pre-paid shipping label for returns included in the box, which you can use to return your empty cartridge. If this isn't the case, you can download a prepaid shipping label on the web site from the instructions half-way down the page.


Neopost used to offer a free recycling service, where you paid the shipping to their recycling facility in Tennessee. The page has been taken down, but you can contact Neopost (now "Quadient") on the above page to enquire.


Panasonic will take your cartridges for free - providing pre-paid return labels.

Pitney Bowes

Get your label to return a used Pitney Bowes cartridge to the manufacturer for free.


Sharp cartridges can be recycled at any Staples store, or Sharp can send you a recycling kit with collection boxes including pre-paid shipping labels to return them free of charge.


Kodak cartridges can be returned to any Staples or Walmart store.


Toshiba no longer offer a manufacturer-sponsored recycling program. Please look for alternatives.

2. Return to Your Cartridge Supplier

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.

3. Refill at a Cartridge Refill Shop

If you can't find somewhere to recycle your cartridge, you may like to have your cartridge refilled at a cartridge refill shop, saving the need to send it away and saving money on your new cartridges.

High streets of major towns and cities have shops dedicated to refilling cartridges, and will normally be happy to take your empty cartridges if you get them refilled there.

4. Collection Boxes in Shops

As a last resort, many high street shops that sell cartridges, and many charity shops have cartridge recycling boxes and will take any kind of cartridge as they can all be bundled together.

Office Depot stores collect any toner and ink cartridges.

Staples stores offer a similar service.

Why Recycle Empty Cartridges?

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. 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.

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