How to Recycle Toner Bottles

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How to Recycle Toner Bottles
Recycling toner bottles is easy and free. (a blue recycle symbol image by wayne ruston from

Toner bottles contain refill toner for photocopier, fax and print office machines. The bottles are made from plastic and can be recycled like other plastic bottles. As Earth911 notes, nearly 80 per cent of communities within the United States collect plastic bottles for recycling, so most people should find recycling toner bottles very easy.

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  1. 1

    Call your town's Department of Public Works and ask what the municipal laws are regarding toner bottle recycling or disposal. Some communities allow you to dispose of toner bottles with plastic recycling in a kerbside bin or bring them in to a landfill. Recycle your toner bottles through your town's recycling program if that's an option.

  2. 2

    Check with the toner manufacturer to see whether it offers a mail-back recycling program for its empty toner bottles. Most programs offer free shipping, as Ricoh does.

  3. 3

    Locate plastic bottle recycling locations near you at All Plastic Bottles. Enter in your Postcode and note that you're looking to recycle plastic bottles. The database will return search results of places near your community that accept plastic bottles, including toner bottles. Then recycle your toner bottles at one of the recycling locations you found.

Tips and warnings

  • Toner cartridge recycling is more complex than toner bottle recycling--don't place empty toner cartridges in the recycle bin along with the toner bottles.

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