How to Donate Toner Cartridges to Charities

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How to Donate Toner Cartridges to Charities
Help a good cause with your toner. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

When it is time to install a new toner cartridge in your printer, you need to pay attention to what you do with the old one. Simply throwing that old toner in the trash is not an option, since the chemicals used in its manufacture could harm the environment if the cartridge ends up in a landfill. Fortunately, you can protect the environment and help a good cause by donating those used toner cartridges to your favourite charity.

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    Ask your employer if the company has a toner recycling program in place. Many companies collect toner, both from office machines and from their employees, and donate the cartridges to a worthy local charity.

  2. 2

    Call your local library, and ask if they have a toner recycling program in place. Many public libraries use toner collections to finance everything from community outreach programs to book purchases.

  3. 3

    Visit your local senior centre, and ask if they accept toner on behalf of the charities they work with. Even if the senior centre does not have a recycling program in place, the staff there might know of local charities that do accept toner as part of their fund-raising activities.

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    Ask the pastor at your church about any local charities that accept toner cartridges as a fundraiser. Churches often have connections to the local charities, and they often know about which programs use toner as a fundraiser.

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