The Samsung Takeback and Recycling Program (S.T.A.R Program) offers customers a free and convenient way to recycle toner and ink cartridges. Samsung processes recycled cartridges into raw materials such as metal, plastic and resin, which can then be reused.
As of September 2010, customers fill out a form on the Samsung website, which creates a printable label. Customers attach the label to the packaged cartridge and leave it at any United States Postal Service location.
Businesses or people who have many cartridges to recycle can request Office Collection Boxes, which hold from four to 15 cartridges. These boxes can also be shipped through the U.S. Postal System free of charge.
Recycling toner and ink cartridges helps the environment by reducing the amount of raw or new materials needed in manufacturing. It also keeps cartridges out of landfills. Despite recycling programs, however, more than 375 million empty cartridges are discarded annually in the United States, according to Ink Guides.
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