What would you like to Recycle?

Printers

Printers

A necessary convenience of modern office life, printers are bulky items that can be daunting to recycle. And what to do with those expired ink cartridges?

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

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.

Reuse

Refilled ink and toner 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.

Done with a working printer? Consider donating it to a local school, charity or non-profit.

Recycle

When you purchase a printer you now pay an eco fee, this allows you to recycle the printer without cost.
Not all of the facilities listed below are part of the Product Stewardship program.  If they are not they may charge a recycling fee.

Facilities

  • A&P Disposal & Recycling

    6220 Marilyn Road
    Sooke
    250.642.4456

  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.
    Langford
    250.474.5145

  • Bottle Depot - Glanford

    4261 Glanford Avenue
    Saanich
    250.727.7480

  • Bottle Depot, Victoria - Queens

    655 Queens Avenue
    Victoria
    250.727.7480

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue
    Victoria
    250.360.3030

  • Island Return It, Esquimalt

    935 Ellery Street
    Esquimalt
    250.381.1482

  • Island Return It, Sidney

    10025 Galaran Road
    Sidney
    250.655.4878

  • London Drugs

    All locations in the capital region

  • Mayne Island Recycling Depot

    390 Campbell Bay Road
    Mayne Island
    250.539.3383

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island
    250.537.1200

  • Salvation Army - Brentwood

    7177 West Saanich Rd
    Brentwood Bay
    250.652.4622

  • Salvation Army - Cedar Hill Cross

    1551 Cedar Hill Cross Road
    Victoria BC
    250.382.3714

  • Salvation Army - Hillside

    990 Hillside Ave
    Victoria
    250.380.7717

  • Salvation Army - Vanalman

    765 Vanalman Avenue
    Victoria
    250.727.2293

  • Salvation Army - Victoria

    525 Johnson Street
    Victoria
    250.384.3755

  • Salvation Army - View Royal

    307 Island Highway
    Victoria
    250.708.0520

  • Sooke Disposal Ltd.

    No drop off depot.
    Sooke
    250.642.3646

  • 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.