The Energy Collective reported in 2017 that “more than 375 million empty ink and toner cartridges are thrown out every year, and most of them end up in landfills.” That’s the equivalent of over 1 million cartridges every day. While the cartridges themselves may take many centuries to decompose, the ink residue within them often contains hazardous chemicals, which, as they accumulate in landfills, can pose a threat to soil and water safety.
Fortunately, both retailers and manufacturers are acting to reduce the problem. In fact, recycling ink and toner cartridges has never been easier. Office Depot and Staples are now offering rewards when you return empty ink and toner cartridges to the store or mail them in for recycling. Click here for details on the Staples website, or here for Office Depot/Office Max. In addition, Canon has partnered with FedEx, so that you can now return Canon cartridges to any FedEx store.