Donate Full, Unused Cartridges

  1. Get In Touch

Got 1 full, unused ink cartridge that you mistakenly ordered? Or 50+ surplus toner cartridges for an old laser printer you replaced?

We collect & reuse these and plant 20 trees each with Trees for the Future — over 72,000 so far!

» Fill in your contact details below and we'll get in touch to sort the next steps.

  2. Pack & Ship

You get a free ground shipping label or a prepaid label for a local-drop off at a parcel shop.

We can send you shipping cartons if you have lots of items and won't be able to source suitable boxes to ship in.

We'll help find you alternative free recycling options if we can't reuse some of your items.

 3. Thank You

Your cartridges are sent to new homes and reused — which is a much better use of the planet's resources than simply recycling.

You receive a thank-you certificate showing the cartridges reused and number of trees you've helped us plant with Trees for the Future.

Request Unused Cartridge Pickup

If you just have used/empty cartridges please see our partner site EveryCartridge instead.

We'll then get in touch as soon as we can by email or phone to arrange the next steps.

Got Questions?

We take ink and toner cartridges of the most popular brands: Hewlett Packard, Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Lexmark, Panasonic, Ricoh, Samsung, Xerox.

There are thousands of models, and some are obsolete, so we need to check your specific models have enough value to cover our costs and raise funds for a good cause — if not, we'll help you find a free alternative recycling option for them.

We definitely cannot take any of the following — please hold any of these to one side:

    • Used / part-used / empty cartridges
    • Generic / 'compatible' / off-brand versions not made by the genuine original printer manufacturer
    • No longer factory-sealed items — where both the inner sealed packaging and outer box of the cartridge have ever been opened

We cannot take any generic / 'compatible' / off-brand versions not made by the genuine original printer manufacturer as they simply don't have much value — we'll help you find a free alternative recycling option for any of these.

In many cases, yes we can use expired cartridges! There are some particular models and manufacturers that this is important for, and we will ask in due course if we need to check this.

The easiest way is to send us a clear photo of your items — we can check the model numbers, quantities, and verify their condition for you without you having to list them.

We need to check that we can reuse your items and raise funds for Trees for the Future before we collect because we pay for the shipping, staff to process and check consignments, and disposal/recycling fees for any cartridges that can't be reused.

Or, if you have a list that's great, and we may have other questions or ask you to check certain details.

For every reusable cartridge we receive (that is, one we asked you to send, and that arrives in good condition), we plant 20 trees with Trees for the Future.

So next time you upgrade your printer, or are clearing out your office or drawers, think of the forest of trees you can contribute to with your full and unused surplus printer cartridges.

Yes, the service is completely free! We do need to check that we can use the particular cartridges you have, but once we've done that we'll give you a free pickup, or a free drop-off at a local parcel counter, and for larger quantities of cartridges we can supply free large sturdy shipping cartons to send them to us in.

With this service, your cartridges are reused as they were originally intended — as full cartridges that we find homes for in an appropriate printer. This reduces the number of printer cartridges that needs to be manufactured, which reduces use of oil to produce plastics, precious metals, and energy used in construction.

Recycling — breaking cartridges down into component materials for use in different products — may be better than sending products to landfill, but is a last resort for items that can't be reused as it still uses much more energy and oil and other natural resources.

Nothing we receive is sent to landfill.

We operate in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada and use nationwide carriers to transport your items.

We need to receive the items in their original, sealed packaging and as good a condition as possible.

We mostly use ground shipping carriers to ship your items, so you will need to put your items (in their original packaging) into a sturdy outer protective shipping carton and pad out any space so your items don't damage each other en route.

If you have a large number of items and won't be able to source shipping cartons, we can supply these free of charge for larger quantities of items.

If you're based in the UK, we may be able to collect directly from your site in our own vans.

Our facilities only handle unused cartridges, and cannot process any empty items. If you have any empty cartridges, we'll help you find other local free recycling options for you.

Yes. We still need to know the details of what you are shipping in advance to confirm we can reuse them, even if you are generously offering to pay the shipping charges because of the costs of processing and disposal involved for any items that we cannot reuse.

If you have some suitably-sized strong shipping cartons you can reuse, that's ideal as it'll be quicker and you're reusing existing resources.

If you have a larger number of big unused cartridges to ship, and won't be able to source any cartons, then we can provide sturdy shipping cartons and tape.

  Recent Recycling Activity

  Monique reused 19 unused cartridges and planted 380 trees. 6 days, 2 hours ago

  Sara reused 11 unused cartridges and planted 220 trees. 1 week, 1 day ago

  Naudia reused 4 unused cartridges and planted 80 trees. 1 week, 6 days ago

  Fall 2020 Updates

  15,416 trees planted

  2,774 tonnes of CO2 saved

  over 55,000s total to date!

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