Some printer and toner cartridges can be refilled or recycled by a manufacturer or distributer. Check to see if the new cartridge you purchase comes with an envelope to return the old one. Empty ink and toner cartridges are not recyclable in your blue bin and should be discarded as trash — regardless of any recycling symbols on the cartridge.
For other refilling or recycling options, check out:
- The UPS Store in Middlebury accepts any brand of home printer ink cartridges to return to the company that produced them.
- Vermont Toner Recharge – 400 Ave. D, Suite 30, Williston; 864-7637
- Staples will take any inkjet and toner cartridges and will give you a $2 coupon for your efforts.
- Best Buy has an inkjet cartridge recycling kiosk located just inside the front door of its store locations. Free to drop-off all inkjet cartridges for recycling.
- HP Planet Partners offers ink and toner recycling for HP brand products. Apply for a mail back envelope or drop it off at a participating HP recycling location.
- Sharp Copier Toner Cartridge Program offers an easy way for Sharp customers to recycle their toner cartridges. Simply download pre-paid, pre-addressed UPS shipping labels from the Sharp website to ship out your used toner cartridges. To facilitate bulk shipments, help conserve resources and reduce energy use, customers can also order recycled cardboard boxes that hold up to ten used cartridges. These cartons arrive via UPS, you fill them up, and then you ship them off to be recycled.
- Ikon Toner Recycling provides free recycling of any brand of injet and toner cartridges. After registering on their website you can order a prepaid shipment box provided by IKON and Clover Environmental Solutions. Once the box is filled, you give it to your UPS resource (or other provider) to ship to the Ikon recycling center.