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Go Green: How to Refill & Recycle Ink & Toner Cartridges

Looking for ways to work responsibly? Consider recycling your empty inkjet cartridge or laser toner cartridge at retailers like OfficeMax®. Or, think about using an ink refill kit to refill your old ink and toner cartridges yourself. Some ink manufacturers even offer buy-back incentive programs. However you choose to recycle, doing so helps keep ink and toner cartridges out of landfills.

Refilling used ink and toner cartridges

If you're the do-it-yourself type, try a refill kit to reuse your empty inkjet cartridge or laser toner cartridge. Manual labor not your style? Find a local print shop that can do it for you for a small fee. If you choose to use the do-it-yourself route, refilling your own cartridges can be fairly straightforward and can help you save some money along the way. However, toner and ink cartridges can only be refilled a limited number of times. Their parts, such as nozzles, weren't designed for a lifetime of continued refilling. The plus side of refilled toner and ink cartridges is that using them won't void the warranty on your inkjet or laser printer. So, you can still achieve quality printing results┐even on recycled paper.

Recycling programs for used ink and toner cartridges

According to thedailygreen.com, if you stacked the number of discarded ink and toner cartridges worldwide in a single year, there'd be enough cartridges to circle the Earth more than three times. The site also states that would take nearly a gallon of oil just to make one new laser toner cartridge. To reduce such waste, many retailers and ink and toner cartridge manufacturers now offer incentive programs to collect empty inkjet cartridges and toner cartridges for recycling. Often, you can earn store credit towards extra office supplies you need for your home or workplace. These recycling programs collect, clean, refill, tested and resell as remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. Or the materials from the cartridges are recycled and reused for other purposes.

Not sure what to do with your empty ink or toner cartridges? Whether you choose to recycle them or refill them, you're doing your part to work responsibly. Visit officemaxperks.com to learn about the MaxPerks® Recycling Program

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