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Toner/Ink Jet Cartridges (copier/printer)

Toner/Ink Jet Cartridges (copier/printer)

A necessary convenience of modern office life, printers, copiers, and their associated consumables 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. 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.

Recycle

Many computer stores have refill programs for your spent cartridges. Printers and cartridges can be recycled with other electronics at many depots in the CRD. Check the list below.

Facilities

  • Harris Gilmore Recycling

    1155 Lockley
    Victoria
    250-217-7212

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue
    Victoria
    250.360.3030

  • London Drugs

    All locations in the capital region

  • 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.