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Recycle Ink Cartridges For Cash
Ink cartridge recycling is now available as part of regular recycling in most municipalities. If it's not available in your area, consider using Recycle For Life, a recycling program for empty ink cartridges and laser toner. If you have empty cartridges, you can send them to Recycle For Life in exchange for cash, or a donation to the charity of your choice. Visit the Recycle For Life Site to learn more.
Recycle For Life manages all aspects of the collection and payment process, so please reach out to them directly with any questions. The process is simple: once you have located your printer cartridges on their list, fill in the number of cartridges you are returning and calculate the amount due. Be sure to fill in your contact information and preferred method of payment.
Recycling your printer ink cartridges makes sense - it's good for the environment because it reduces the amount of plastic put into landfills. And it's good for your wallet by giving you cash back for your empty cartridges. Learn more about recycling inkjet cartridges.
How to Recycle Empty Ink Cartridges
Each year, millions of empty toner and inkjet cartridges are thrown into the trash, ending up in our planet's landfills or incinerators. Recycling these empty cartridges is easy, profitable and environmentally beneficial. It helps reduce solid waste, conserves raw materials and the energy needed to produce a new product. Most cartridges can be recycled up to six times - they are refurbished, refilled and then resold to consumers at a lower price than brand name cartridges. Recycled cartridges produce the same quality and output as new cartridges.
Ink cartridges are constructed out of plastic, petroleum-based products and take about 1,000 years to decompose. According to recent estimates, 20-40% of ink cartridges are recycled, meaning 60-80% end up in landfills. The recovery and reuse of empty printer cartridges diverts millions of cubic feet of material from waste disposal, saving us the millions of tax dollars needed to pay for additional landfill management.
How do I recycle my empty inkjet cartridges?Look at the instructions in the box of your new laser or inkjet cartridge to find out how to recycle your old one. Many companies will provide instructions, packaging materials and free postage if you wish to recycle your old cartridge.
The easiest way to find a recycling location is to search the Internet for organizations that accept used cartridges in exchange for cash. All sites offer pre-paid free shipping or pickup of used cartridges, and some pay up to $4 per cartridge.
Recycling used cartridges also makes a great fundraiser for schools, church groups, charities, high school sports teams and other non-profit organizations. It can also be a significant cost savings for businesses.
Some of the following recycling sites will give you the option to either take cash for your empty cartridges, or you can donate the proceeds to a charity of your choice.
Each recycling site has a list of printer cartridges that they will accept. Be sure to check that list before sending in your empty cartridges, because each organization will only pay for cartridges that they can accept - some even charge a penalty for cartridges that are not accepted. Some of the above recycling groups also offer new, recycled content and recyclable business and consumer products available at deeply discounted prices for school, office or personal use.
Start recycling your used ink cartridges today! Whether you opt to receive cash back or donate the proceeds to charity, it is the responsibility of everyone to do all we can today in order to insure the health of our planet tomorrow.[Call the International Cartridge Recycling Association, at (202) 857-1154, for more information on recycling your empty ink cartridges.] AddThis Feed Button Ink Cartridges Castle Ink offers a lowest price guarantee on all ink cartridges and toner.Start your search for ink cartridges New Printers
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Recycle Ink Cartridges (Video)
Start recycling your used ink cartridges today! Whether you opt to receive cash back or donate the proceeds to charity, it is the responsibility of everyone to do all we can today in order to insure the health of our planet tomorrow. Watch this video to learn about how you can recycle your ink cartridges.
The Truth About Free Inkjet Cartridge Recycling
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Illinois Begins to Reap Benefits of E-Waste Law
Though it was formally enacted in 2008, the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act did not take effect until 2011 officially. It had been slated to take effect on January 1, 2012, but the bill was amended to move the effective date of many of the parts forward to January 1, 2011.
Under the law, it is illegal to dump electronic products, which includes printers, in landfills. Local public radio station WBEZ reports that the law has resulted in positive financial gains for both recyclers and remanufacturers as noted by The Recycler.
With the United States still lacking a truly prohibitive and effective e-waste law (though there is one currently in both the House and Senate), it is currently up to the states to enact their own legislation should they wish to do so. The article asserts that close to a million printer cartridges are being disposed of each day, and the resulting e-waste getting sent to poorer countries “‘where its poisonous materials can cause public health hazards.’” To this point, 24 of the 50 U.S. States have passed their own e-waste legislation.
During this past year, Illinois reportedly saw as much as a 50% increase in recycling rates across the state. The data has not been completely collected and analyzed as of yet, but with companies who sell electronics also having to meet goals, that number is expected to be even higher.
Two companies were given as examples of benefitting from the legislation. The first is Chicago-based Sims Recycling Solutions. Their company reportedly collects and recycles 300 million pounds of electronics each year which offsets as much as 300,000 tons of carbon. Sean Magann of the company states that “‘The barriers to entry in this business are low, so there have been a lot of companies that come and go, but we’ve seen a steady increase in business from Chicago over the years’”
The other company is Evolve Recycling, who operates as a subsidiary of Clover Techonologies Group and collects e-waste. The company reportedly is able to process more than 10,000 cartridges each month, and they pay businesses as much as $10 for their empties. To this point, they have not had to face much competition, however, with e-waste looking increasingly profitable, the company is expecting that to change.
U.S. Recycling Execs Convicted of E-Waste Dumping
We have spoken before extensively about the problem of e-waste dumping, the Basel Action Network (BAN) and also the United States. Last week, BAN reported that two executives from an Englewood, CO-based company called Executive Recycling had been found guilty of illegally shipping e-waste to developing countries.
Employees of BAN observed that 20 containers of e-waste which were being shipped from the loading docks of Executive Recycling. BAN tracked the packages and when it discovered they had arrived in developing Asian nations, reported Executive Recycling to both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and CBS News. CBS News took the information and produced a segment on the news broadcast, 60 Minutes called "The Wasteland".
Jim Pluckett, the Executive Director of BAN, along with a crew from the news show, followed one of the containers to China as part of the segment. Once that show had aired, the EPA’s Enforcement and Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) indicted Tor Olson and Brandon Richter of Executive Recycling on 16 criminal charges in a Denver court including "illegal export of hazardous waste, smuggling, obstruction of justice and wire and mail fraud".
Mr. Richter is a former CEO and owner of the firm and the company also is reported to have offices in Utah and Nebraska. Since the trial began, the company has chosen to rebrand itself as Techcycle moving forward. Jim Puckett noted that while the convictions were a victory for the movement against e-waste dumping, it is still all too common an occurrence in North America. "This conviction is very welcome, but sadly as we speak, there are many hundreds of other fake recyclers out there that are loading up Asian-bound containers full of our old toxic TVs and computers. Every day about 100 containers of toxic e-waste arrive in the Port of Hong Kong alone. We hope this conviction sends a very strong message to business and the public that they should only use the most responsible recyclers." He also was quick to point out that the United States needed to have better, more robust legislation in place to combat these types of activities. He made note of the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act which is currently sitting in committee in both the House (as H.R. 2284) and the Senate (as S. 1270). Both were introduced on the floor 18 months ago in June 2011.