Recycling your empty ink and toner cartridges is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with 123InkFast.
Your empty cartridges may be worth money.
Step 3: Fill up your containers and send them back to us.
To help conserve paper, when shipping recyclables to us please do not send
less than 8 toner cartridges and/or 20 inkjet cartridges per Bulk Box.
Every year, approximately 700 million ink and toner cartridges are used in the United States. A little more than half, roughly 375 million end up in landfills or incinerators because they aren't returned for recycling.
375 million cartridges per year equate to the disposal of:
- 1,000,000 cartridges per day
- 11 cartridges per second
375 million cartridges put end-to-end would circle the earth over three times.
Additionally, laser toner cartridge that is thrown away adds approximately four pounds of plastic, metal and chemicals to a landfill. As if that wasn't bad enough, the plastics used in printer cartridges are made of an engineering grade polymer that has a very slow decomposition rate – ranging between 450 to 1,000 years, depending on the cartridge type.
While inkjet cartridges are smaller, they still take up space in landfills and also pose a threat to the environment because they may leak printer ink.