How to Recycle Remanufactured Toner

Updated February 21, 2017

Buying and using remanufactured toner in your laser printer makes a lot of sense, both from an economic and an environmental viewpoint. Buying remanufactured toner rewards the companies that take those old toner cartridges and recycle them, and of course those remanufactured toner cartridges are much less costly to purchase. But when the remanufactured toner cartridge you buy is empty, you should not simply throw it away. The cartridges themselves can be recycled, and doing so is good for the environment.

Log on to your printer manufacturer's website and go to the site map at the bottom of the page. Look for information on the company's toner recycling program. While some printer manufacturers limit their recycling programs to their own toner, others are willing to take remanufactured toner for recycling as well.

Check the website of the toner manufacturer as well. Many companies, including Imation, have recycling programs in place for remanufactured toner. Note the address to send the toner, pack the box and ship it to the address listed on the website.

Look in the box containing your new toner cartridge and see if it includes a prepaid shipping label. Many toner cartridges come with prepaid labels allowing consumers to send their used cartridges in for recycling.

Contact your local office supply store to see if it has a toner recycling program in place. Many office supply sellers have recycling programs that allow customers to bring in their old cartridges to be collected and recycled.

Check with your local library, recycling centre and community centre about any special recycling programs they have in place. Many community organisations take in old toner and ink cartridges as a way to raise funds and help the environment.

Things You'll Need

  • Toner cartridge
  • Box
  • Shipping label
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Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.