How to Recycle Toner and Ink Cartridges
97% of the materials used to make cartridges can be reused and recycled.
Many people think that empty cartridges are refilled. In almost all cases, this is not true – They are Recycled.
Almost every toner, ink or drum cartridge contains material that can be reclaimed and recycled, and anyone interested in doing their bit for the environment should be aware of this.
The most efficient way to begin your own cartridge recycling program is very simple – and free! Simply register:
Do you have a fax machine, photocopier or printer at your workplace? If you use three or more toner and ink cartridges, toner bottles, drum units or fuser kits from a supporting manufacturer then sign up for the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program for your workplace.
It’s FREE and you’ll be helping the environment.
Note: Courier collections are available only for metropolitan areas. Outside these areas customers can return their bags at their local Australia Post outlet.
You will notice that most Toner and Printer Cartridges will have a recycle symbol (figure 1) with a number in the centre. This symbol in most cases indicates the type of plastic and the recyclability of the cartridge. However, after discussions with local Waste Management Companies and Councils, it has been advised to follow the Close the Loop process.
**Waste Toner Bottles however are different.
These waste bottles collect any unused toner by the machine and are UN-RECYCLABLE!
These need to be replaced in the plastic bag that comes with the replacement bottle, and placed in the general waste.