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How to Recycle Labels From HP Toner Cartridges

Updated February 21, 2017

No matter what model HP laser printer you own, you will eventually need to replace the toner cartridge. When the print begins to fade, it is time to change the toner, and time to recycle the old cartridge properly. Most HP replacement toner cartridges come with a prepaid shipping label right in the box. And even if your toner cartridge does not include a prepaid label, you can print one from the HP website.

Open the box containing the replacement HP toner cartridge. Remove the toner cartridge from the box, and look for a shipping label. The prepaid shipping label is usually at the bottom of the box. The label itself is contained within a small booklet that also includes toner installation instructions.

Cut open the bag containing the new toner cartridge, and place the depleted cartridge in the same bag. Tape the bag shut securely to prevent any toner from leaking in transit. If the bag is not available, wrap the toner cartridge securely in cling film and secure it with packing tape.

Place the depleted toner cartridge in the box, and tape the box shut securely. Affix the shipping label to the outside of the box, and contact UPS to pick up the package. You can also drop the box off any authorised UPS shipping location. The label is prepaid, so there is no cost to you.

Log on to the HP recycling centre (see Resources) if there is no prepaid shipping label in the box. Select your country from the list, and choose the LaserJet toner recycling option. Click "Go" to continue.

Enter the required information into the address label form. You will need to provide your full name, company name if applicable, and mailing address. Click "Print" to print the label from your printer. Affix the prepaid shipping label to the box, and take it to an authorised UPS shipping centre, or call UPS for a pickup.

Things You'll Need

  • Toner cartridge
  • Box
  • Plastic bag or cling film
  • Packing tape
  • 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.