How to Empty Waste Toner

Written by andrea crist
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to Empty Waste Toner
Toner is the fine powder printer cartridges that prints black text and images. (numbers background image by .shock from

Toner is a black powder used in laser printers and copiers to produce text and images. These cartridges will eventually need to be emptied of waste toner before being refilled. Your computer will send out a prompt when the cartridges need to be emptied and refilled. You can empty the cartridge yourself with the proper safety precautions.

Skill level:

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Plastic bag

Show MoreHide


  1. 1

    Remove the cartridge from the printer. Open the access door and lift the plastic clip that holds the cartridge down inside the printer. Lift the cartridge straight up out of its seat on the bar.

  2. 2

    Unclip the plate on the side of the cartridge. Pull out the plastic pegs that hold the toner container to the cartridge case and separate the case and container.

  3. 3

    Unscrew the two screws holding the plate onto the toner container. Hold the cartridge with two hands inside the plastic bag. Turn the cartridge over and carefully empty the waste toner into the bag. Try not to shake the cartridge around to avoid making a cloud of toner.

  4. 4

    Refill the cartridge according to the manufacturer's instructions and reassemble it inside the case. Put the cartridge back into the printer and snap it into place.

Don't Miss

  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.