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How do I Recycle Drum Cartridges?

Updated February 21, 2017

Laser printers and photocopiers need a drum cartridge in addition to a toner cartridge. The drum cartridge helps spread toner and allows the machine to perform its job. While many electronics stores and private recyclers run programs for recycling toner cartridges, recycling drum cartridges is a little trickier. There aren't as many free programs to take advantage of, but you can usually recycle the cartridge locally or by returning it to its maker.

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  1. Check with your drum cartridge manufacturer to find out if they have a cartridge recycling program. Xerox accepts drum cartridges for recycling, as does Brother.

  2. Wrap your used drum cartridge in bubble wrap and pack it in a shipping box. Get a prepaid shipping label to send the cartridge back to its manufacturer. Seal the box. If you buy a new drum cartridge, you'll find a shipping label in the new cartridge box or you can typically obtain one from the manufacturer's website or help centre.

  3. Drop the drum cartridge at your post office or prepaid shipper, depending on the procedure your manufacturer prefers.

  4. Mail a spent Canon or Konica Minolta drum cartridge to Katun to get £3. Instead of returning the drum cartridge to the manufacturer send it to Katun directly. Contact Katun to arrange for prepaid shipping labels and to open an account, so you can receive credit for your recycling efforts.

  5. Katun Corporation

  6. 10951 Bush Lake Road

  7. Minneapolis, MN 55438-2391

  8. 800-328-2965


  10. Call your community's municipal recycling program and ask whether you can recycle drum cartridges with your plastics recycling program or through another city program. Follow the instructions to properly recycle the cartridge within your community.

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Things You'll Need

  • Bubble wrap
  • Shipping box
  • Shipping tape
  • Scissors

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