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Friday, 16 September 2022 11:15

Are Ink Cartridges Recyclable?

Inkjet printers have come a long way since their inception. Not only are they more affordable, but the quality of the prints has greatly improved. However, one downside to inkjet printers is that the ink cartridges can be quite expensive. Fortunately, ink cartridges are recyclable, which means you can recycle them and help reduce the amount of waste going into landfills. Keep reading to learn more about how to recycle ink cartridges.

Where should you recycle ink cartridges? 

The most convenient location for you is, in all honesty, the ideal place to recycle ink cartridges.

Your cartridges can be recycled in the following ways:

  • Any office supply business, such as RDS Team, is a great place to drop off your printer cartridges.
  • Send your used ink cartridges to the original supplier by mail.
  • Utilize a facility for recycling run by a third party.
  • Drop off your printer cartridges at the recycling facility in your community.

How to reuse ink cartridges

It's even more environmentally friendly to reuse cartridges. Reusing the cartridges doesn't use any energy, unlike recycling. You can typically get them refilled at office supply stores, but you can also do it yourself. Buy a refill kit online or at your neighborhood office supply store to replenish your HP ink cartridges. Ink replacement, plastic gloves, a screwdriver, a syringe, and instructions are frequently included in kits.

To avoid getting any ink on your skin, put the gloves on before handling the ink. Although ingesting printer ink can be harmful to human health, skin contact with it for a brief period of time is not particularly concerning. If you do manage to get ink on you, wash it off as quickly as you can with soap and water.

Then, fill your cartridge with ink by following the instructions in your kit. If everything goes as planned, you should be able to use the refilled cartridge again right away in your printer. This not only prevents waste from going to the landfill, but it also saves you money on a brand-new cartridge. This can be done with the ink cartridges multiple times before they start to deteriorate and generate printouts of poor quality. It's time to recycle it once that has occurred.

How many times can you reuse ink cartridges? 

According to Quora, it is possible to reuse a cartridge up to seven times if you take special precautions not to harm it when refilling it.

How much are empty cartridges?

Most people know that recycling is important, but they may not realize that recycling empty cartridges can be lucrative. The value of empty ink cartridges varies depending on the company, but it typically ranges from $.10 to $4 per cartridge. That might not seem like much, but it can add up quickly - especially if you have a large office with multiple printers. 

In addition, many companies offer additional incentives for recycling, such as discounts on future purchases or entry into prize drawings. As a result, recycling empty ink cartridges are good for the environment and can be quite profitable.

What to do with unused ink cartridges?

It is simple to make money off print cartridges that have not been used, are still in their original packing, and have not passed the expiration date printed on the package when they are sold online.

If your unused printer cartridges are missing their original packaging or have passed their expiration date, you should recycle them by sending them back to the manufacturer through a mail-back program offered by a non-manufacturer, dropping them off at an office supply store, or using a manufacturer-led recycling program.

Recycle ink cartridges with RDS Team

In a nutshell, ink cartridges can be recycled, but there are some things to consider before doing so. For example, you’ll need to remove the printer's cartridge and ensure that it is empty of all ink and other materials. You should also recycle the packaging that your cartridge came in. If you have any doubts or questions about recycling your ink cartridges, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at RDS Team. We would be happy to help you recycle them safely and easily. 

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