OK, it’s time for a reality check: how many of you out there have a drawer or a shoebox somewhere in the depths of your home office where you hoard a hidden “stash” of used ink cartridges you've been piling up over the years? Don’t blush. We all do it. Our reasons for doing this can definitely vary. Maybe we tell ourselves that we hold on to old cartridges because we're trying to protect the environment. That might sound like a good excuse, but is it really our true motivation? On the other hand, maybe we're a bit worried that we may suddenly discover that the printer has run out of ink. Surely, one of these empty cartridges will have a few drops that will serve us in our emergency need. There are many reasons for keeping these old cartridges. The biggest one is probably that we simply do not know what to do with them and simply don't feel right about just tossing them in the trash.
Earth911 recycle centers accept all kinds of recycled materials, including used ink cartridges. Some of the centers even pay you for them! Even if I only make 60 cents per pound, it’s still better than nothing! Check for a recycling center nearest you .
Canon also proactively recycles used ink cartridges at locations outside Japan. Collected cartridges are reused as materials or recycled to reduce waste. As of March 31, 2015, collection and recycling was in place in 30 countries and regions throughout the world (excluding Japan).
Collection points are reviewed and determined based on the situation in each country and region. Boxes have been established in mass retail and other cooperating outlets, shopping malls, companies, schools, stations, and Canon service centers and showrooms. Used ink cartridges can also be returned to Canon by mail in certain regions, ensuring that the methodology of the campaign is considerate of customer convenience.
Canon Hong Kong launched the Ink Cartridge Recycling Program to promote the recycling of used ink cartridges. In 2011, CHK initiated the first-ever Canon x McDull Inter-school Ink Cartridge Recycling Competition cum Design Contest, extending the program into education sector. In addition, CHK coordinated with a local environmental organization, the Business Environment Council, to organize green workshops in primary & secondary schools, sharing different green initiatives against the threats of climate change and burden of environment.
In the school year of 2014–2015, a total of 224 schools joined the Ink Cartridge Recycle competition covering 164,911 Hong Kong youngsters. CHK also organized 26 workshops attended by approximately 8,900 students. To reduce environmental impact, as of January 2015, CHK collected and recycled 105,535 ink cartridges, saved around 3m3 of landfill area and reduced over 3.6 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
I have 2 full never used ink cartridges. Not used but, package opened. My printer took a dump and I wound u buying a new printer. It is a totally different brand and Wal-Mart would not take them back opened. They are Lexmark 36 and 37, not sure what to do and I am now out $52 and the price of a new printer.