Those inkjet cartridges could have a second life as a clothes hanger or a roof tile, or they could be refilled with ink. Earth911 notes that 375 million inkjet cartridges get thrown out each year. Recycling cartridges cuts down on landfill waste and plastic production. Staples customers can take empty inkjet cartridges back to their nearest Staples store for easy recycling with a perk for their wallet. If Staples recycling program isn't the most convenient option, there are plenty of other inkjet recycling programs.
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Take your inkjet cartridge to your nearest Staples store and bring it to a cashier for recycling. If you have a Staples Rewards Card, you can receive a £1.30 coupon per cartridge recycled, as of July 2010. Staples accepts HP, Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, Kodak and Lexmark cartridges.
Package your old inkjet cartridge in the box from your new cartridge. Return the inkjet cartridge to the manufacturer for recycling. Most companies include a shipping label with the inkjet cartridge or allow you to print one off from their website. This is a good method if you don't have Staples stores near you or are unable to get to the store.
Drop off the Staples-purchased inkjet cartridge at another office supply store that has an in-store inkjet recycling program. For example, Best Buy has recycling bins in all its locations where you can drop off inkjet cartridges for free. You won't get the £1.30 Staples Rewards Card coupon but if you're heading to Best Buy for electronics equipment, this can be a more convenient option.
Tips and warnings
- Staples only provides coupons for 10 cartridges per calendar month. While you can recycle more inkjet cartridges than that, you won't receive coupons beyond the first 10 per month.
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