Over 2/3rds of empty printer cartridges in the UK are simply thrown away instead of being recycled. A typical cartridge, with its plastics and electronics, will take up to 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill site.
This is a sorry state of affairs. Our service offers 2 simple benefits to counteract this, and we hope you'll join us in our mission to improve the environment one cartridge at a time.
You can recycle your cartridges in many places, but CartridgeForest takes things a step further by reusing your empty cartridges instead of merely recycling them — that is, they are professionally cleaned and refilled to become 'new' refilled cartridges.
Refilling saves up to 2.5kg of CO2 compared to the manufacture of a cartridge from scratch, and helps people to find a cheaper alternative to the manufacturer's original cartridges.
We plant a tree with Trees for the Future on your behalf for every reusable cartridge we receive.
Each tree absorbs 180kg of CO2 on average over its lifetime — that's the equivalent of taking a flight from London to Glasgow.
By recycling your cartridges with us, and encouraging your friends to do the same, you'll soon have completely offset the carbon footprint of your printing.
Recycle for free now — all types of cartridges, mobile phones — help us plant trees, save waste from landfill, and reverse your printing carbon footprint! If we can't use your items to plant trees, we'll help you find a free alternative.
Not ready yet? Register as a recycler so we can keep in touch. You get occasional email updates on sustainable printing, our charity impact, and you'll be reminded to recycle!
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Heather recycled 17 empty ink cartridges and planted 34 trees. 2 hours ago
Laura reused 1 unused cartridges and planted 20 trees. 6 hours ago
Michelle reused 21 unused cartridges and planted 420 trees. 4 days, 8 hours ago