General Recycling Information

Are you recycling your old Printer Cartridges?


Too many empty or dried out cartridges are finding their way into landfills instead of environmentally friendly disposal centres.

Here at Cartridge Extra, we are committed to environmentally safe practices. Where possible, we will refill empty cartridges or dispose of them in a manner that is environmentally favourable.

In some circumstance we can even pick up your old cartridges if you are unable to bring them to our shop front.

Cartridges for Planet Ark (C4PA)
This environmentally accredited program is free to Australians and is committed to ecologically friendly practices. To find out more about this program and Planet Ark, you can visit them here.

Other Tips on Recycling
http://www.sita.com.au/community-education/site-tours-education/recycling-tips/printer-cartridges/
http://www.closetheloop.com.au/product-stewardship/ (Victoria)

Some of the large manufacturers also have programs that allow you to return their cartridges for environmentally sound disposal.

Here is a list of ways to ecologically dispose empty or used cartridges by type/brand.



Ink Cartridges
General
If you bring a genuine ink cartridge in to us, we can usually refill them for about half of what you would pay for a brand new genuine.
We can also refill some toner cartridges.

For cartridges that we are unable to refill, we are able to dispose of them in a (environmentally friendly way)

How some non-refillable cartridges are recycled: http://www.closetheloop.com.au/materials-recovery/how-we-recycle/

Finding a recycling centre near you
Brother
Most of the ink cartridges are refillable and can be reused.  Usually, we can refill these for about half of what you would pay for a brand new genuine cartridge.
For cartridges that are not refillable, we are able to dispose of them in an environmentally sound manner.

If you want to deal directly with Brother: http://brother.com.au/about-us/environment.html
Brother is a proud member of  C4PA.

Canon
Many Canon ink cartridges can be refilled and reused. We can refill these for usually about half the cost of a brand new genuine cartridge.
For cartridges that are not refillable, we are able to dispose of them in an environmentally sound manner.

Epson
Most Epson cartridges are not refillable. However, Epson has a great program called “Close the Loop”. It gives information on how to recycle your cartridges, and most Epson hardware. You can find more information about Epson’s Environmental Mission Statement here: https://www.epson.com.au/company/environment/index.asp.
You can register to recycle your cartridges here: https://www.epson.com.au/prographics/recyclingprogram/registration.asp

Generic
Unfortunately, most generic cartridges are not refillable. We can dispose of them for you. 

Hewlett Packard
Many HP ink cartridges are refillable, for those that are not, we are able to dispose of them for you. However, HP is a proud participating member of Cartridge 4 Planet Ark (C4PA)

Lexmark
Some older printhead models can be refilled, however most are not refillable.

Toner Cartridges
Toners are generally not refillable. 
We can dispose of these for you, or you can drop them off at Planet Ark boxes. 
These can be found at some major office supply retailers and some post offices. To find your closest drop off point, http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/cartridges/

If you have a contract with Fuji Xerox, they should have included a disposal system for you. 
If not, then you may have to contact them and organise a recycling box that they will collect from you when full.