Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Reduce, Reuse, RECYCLE

Digital photography is great for many reasons and printing your own photos at home is certainly one of them. But, if you are anything like us, you go through a lot of ink cartridges. I have been looking for a place to recycle these for a long time and have now found a few options:

Staples accepts any type of ink cartridge and will even give you a $3 credit good toward your next purchase or will donate $3 to the school of your choice for each eligible used ink or toner cartridge you bring in. Even if your brand is not on the list, they will still accept it, just not give you or your school a credit. You can also recycle computers, monitors, fax machines and other e-waste materials through Staples (there is a $10 fee for larger items).

Best Buy has recycling kiosks just inside the door at every store in the U.S., where you can drop off old cell phones, rechargeable batteries, and ink-jet cartridges at no cost. They also offer appliance recycling for a fee.

I ran across Enviro Solutions when I was at the Long Beach Museum of Art. They had a box of envelopes in which you can send an ink cartridge (free of charge) to be recycled. You can order collection envelopes/bins from their website for your home or office. Once the envelope or box is full, just schedule a UPS pick up or drop it off at UPS facility. They will pay cash or make a donation for used ink and toner cartridges on their list, as well as used cell phones.

UPDATE: Here's a government website that lists lots of locations for dropping off ink cartridges, toner, batteries, computers and other electronic waste.

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