We've made recycling your printer cartridges easy with a workplace collection boxes and over 3,500 public drop-off locations around the country.
Printer cartridges are made up of a complex combination of plastics, metals, foam, ink and toner. Throwing them into landfill represents a waste of resources and contributes to the growing problem of electronic waste. These products have to be manually pulled apart before they can be separated into their component materials. Therefore, they aren't suited to the collection systems and sorting facilities used for home collections by councils.
Some of the environmental benefits of recycling your cartridges include:
- Diverting waste from landfill. This is especially important since cartridges are one form of electronic waste, which is one of the fastest growing forms of waste. More than 3,440 kg of cartridges are diverted from landfill every day through the program.
- Recovering resources. By collecting cartridges and sending them for reprocessing or recycling we are able to recover materials like plastics, metals and inks that can then be used to make new products.
- Saving water and energy. Making most products from recycled materials uses less water and energy than making them from new materials.