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What should I do with my empty ink cartridges?

Comment recycler ses anciennes cartouches d'encre

How to recycle my empty ink cartridges

If your business prints a large volume of documents that use up a considerable number of ink cartridges each day, and you’re not sure what to do with them, remember that if you decide to put them in the bin, not only is it bad for the planet (and you indirectly), it’s also bad for your wallet. With just a little bit of effort your old cartridges can actually earn you some money! Not heaps, but after all you know how the old saying goes “take care of the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves”!

Let’s take a look at the most effective ways for recycling and disposing of your empty cartridges.

Return your empty cartridges

To the manufacturer

To preserve the environment some manufacturers have recently decided to set up recycling programmes. They provide pre-paid envelopes to return cartridges free of charge. If you would like use this service, visit your printer’s manufacturer’s website, where you will be able to order some envelopes directly online. It should be noted that Canon does not offer this service.

This service obviously makes you feel better (and quite rightly), but it is also a great selling point for your customers. Be sure to let your customers know about your ecological commitments, especially if you are in the BtoC domain. Current trends are putting pressure on companies to be more eco-friendly, a stance that is becoming increasingly important.

To the wholesaler

Some shops and wholesalers will take back your old ink cartridges and either reuse them or dispose of them in an eco-friendly way. This is why Ecoburotic has invented the Ecobac. Ecobac is a free and easy way of sending your cartridges back to us. Simply fill the box up and depending on the type of cartridge, we’ll either recycle or destroy them in an eco-friendly way.

Return your ink cartridges to a recycling specialist

You can choose to return your ink cartridges directly to your manufacturer, but they won’t give you any money in return – that would be too good to be true. If you really want to earn some money with your used cartridges, you can always use an ink cartridge recycling company. There are numerous companies that specialise in recycling. This is what’s known as a circular economy and good news for you!

Have you ever thought how unfair it is that you get nothing for all the waste you put in your bin? Well you’re right to think so, since some of our waste still has a commercial value, and ink cartridges most certainly do. These cartridges can be recycled and resold; hence the reason why some companies have decided to hone in on this opportunity. These companies will pay you for any cartridges you send them. It won’t be a huge amount – around a pound or so on average per cartridge recycled. Thanks to this service, a task that was fairly time consuming and offered no financial gain can now be fruitful for companies. Let’s say you recycle five black ink cartridges per month, at the end of the year you could have saved up to £100. I think most people would say that they’d prefer to keep the money than throw it down the drain. So stop throwing your ink cartridges in the bin and sell them instead!

How to manage your ink cartridge stock

Comment recycler mes cartouches d'encreBefore deciding how to get rid of your ink cartridges, let’s take a look at how you use them cost-effectively. If you are careful how you use your ink cartridges, you’ll lengthen their lifespan and won’t have to recycle them so often. In the long run, you’ll save yourself both time and money. Since time is money, a few small changes that can help save a few precious minutes wouldn’t go amiss for most companies.

There are various options you might like to consider to manage your ink stock more economically and efficiently. Here are a few that can help you do this.

Reducing your ink consumption


There are various quick and easy techniques you can use to do this, for example:

  • Select the Economy mode in the print preferences of your printer.
  • Print in black and white as much as possible.

Change the font in your word processing system. This may seem hardly worth it but statistics prove that this small change is effective. Using the “Century Gothic” font will reduce your ink consumption by about 30% compared to more common fonts such as Arial.

Make sure you have sufficient supplies

Once this step has been completed you can then tackle a new challenge of the modern world: how to change your ink cartridges 

If you have any other questions about how to manage your used ink cartridges or improve the management of your cartridge stock, please feel free to contact one of our experts either over the phone or via our chat room.

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The author Nicholas

Passionate about new technologies and more particularly about the world of the web, I am constantly looking for new trends around digital printing because work life becomes so much easier with a multifunction printer!