What would you like to Recycle?

Ink Cartridges

Printer Cartridges, Ink Jet Cartridges
Ink Cartridges
A necessary convenience of modern office life, printers and their associated consumables are bulky items that can be daunting to recycle. What do you do with those expired ink cartridges?

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How do I go green?


Print less. Accustom yourself to proofing documents on your computer and resist the urge to make copies for everyone in your department. Print only final versions. Back your work up on another hard drive to guard against data loss.

Choose a printer brand that accepts old machines for recycling and has a toner refill program. Look for models with lower energy demands, recycled materials and less packaging.


Refilled ink cartridges are your best bet for environmentally friendly printing.  They reuse an existing cartridge, which saves energy needed to recycle and costs you less than buying a new cartridge.  Refilled cartridges are available at many local computer stores.


Many computer stores have refill programs for your spent cartridges. Loose printer cartridges are not accepted with the Encorp E-waste program. Printers can be recycled with other electronics at many depots in the CRD. Check the list below.


  • Galiano Recycling Depot

    220 Sturdies Bay Road
    Galiano Island

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue

  • Ink and Toner Medic (accepts ink cartridges only)

    Cedar Hill X Rd Store (3623 Shelbourne St) and Westshore Town Centre (2945 Jacklin Rd)

  • London Drugs

    All locations in the capital region

  • Pender Island Recycling Depot

    4400 Otter Bay Road
    Pender Island

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island

  • Staples

    All locations in the capital region

  • The Environmental Story

    The average printer cartridge can take hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill. If it’s empty, you’re contributing plastic to the environment. Printer ink itself is petroleum based, and is manufactured using solvents and other chemicals, meaning that any leftover ink can eventually contaminate soil and watersheds.