What do I do with my empty toner cartridge?
With sustainability and the company footprint at the top of mind in most all businesses you may find yourself wondering what to do with certain items and can you recycle them. Empty toner cartridges is one of those items. Often times your toner may come with a return label so that when you replace the toner with a new one you can simply ship the empty back using the label provided in the new toner box.
What do you do if there is not a label or recycle instructions with the new toner?
Most commercial size copiers and printers do not have a return label in the new boxes of toner, and this is when you ask the question, what do I do with my empty toner cartridge? Most all toner cartridges can be put in your standard recycling containers, and this will start the process, but if you wanted a way to recycle these so that you can form a process around recycling toner cartridges then there are many different resources for you to accomplish this.
That way when there is a different employee that changes out the toner you do not have to have the same question of, what do we do with this empty cartridge?
Where do I find my manufacturer’s toner recycling program?
Most all manufactures have a green initiative for toner recycling. It is important to us and our manufacturer partners to provide our customers with different ways to improve their company footprint. To make it easy for our customers, Automated Business Technologies has that information on their website. Whether you are working with a Canon, Epson, HP, Kyocera, or a Xerox device we are here to help.
On this page you will see the different ways that each manufacturer handles their toner cartridge recycling.
Canon Toner Recycling Programs
Canon is committed to the global community and the belief that we are building a better world for the next generations. They want to work with you to ensure appropriate recycling of certain Canon consumer products to help improve the environment and our local communities. They are currently offering recycling on all of our consumer products and the imageCLASS and imageFORMULA small office/home office product lines. Find details here.
Epson Recycling Programs
Epson recognizes the importance of preserving our shared environment and contributing to the global community. With that in mind, they are proud to sponsor a Product Stewardship Program that enables you to send back used Epson products for recycling, free of charge.
HP Recycling Programs
HP is working towards a better future. Together, our collective behavior can create more effective change than individual action. They offer an opportunity for you to learn more about HP’s Sustainable Impact Program helping planet, people, and community.
Kyocera ECO footPRINT Toner Recycling Program
Kyocera believes with our ECO footPRINT Toner Recycling Program, you can place your empty Kyocera toner containers in an “ECO footPRINT Toner Recycling” box (which we will either deliver or have delivered to you), and then send that box to a recycling facility, AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU. Recycling boxes can hold up to 30 toner containers at a time.
To get started with this program, you would need to reach out to our team (we recommend you ask for our Managed Print Services Specialist) and request a recycling box. Then our team will bring a recycling box out to you or have one delivered to your door. When you receive the box, it will come with a pre-paid return label already affixed to it, and all you will have to do is fill it with empty Kyocera toner containers, and then hand it to your UPS delivery personnel, or drop it off at a UPS location for pickup.
Xerox Green World Alliance Program
Xerox diverts millions of pounds of used business supplies out of the landfills every year through their industry-leading Green World Alliance® supplies take-back program. Choose one of the options available to return your used office toner items. Everyone seems to be on board with doing more.
Recycling in a multi device print environment?
If you have a variety of devices, then finding a program like the Xerox program that accepts all different brands of cartridges would be suggested. Not that there needs to be a companywide meeting but getting some other key members to understand the objective and to be involved in the planning of the work that affects them will encourage support of the new process. Once you determine which program to move forward with, then it is time to get a process in place and published so that everyone in the office is moving the same direction.
Create this process and store it in a shared space so that any employee that would be changing out a toner cartridge can reference it. Since this is a change to your everyday work flow then make sure to communicate it to the entire company so that everyone is aware of the change and can support it. In addition to that it should also be a topic that is covered with all new employees. Being able to show potential and new employees that the company cares about their company footprint can make a difference in that candidate’s choice of what position to take next.
With all this information and a new process in place it is time to celebrate having a better company footprint than you had prior to reading this. There are ways around ever corner to be conscious of your footprint and making sure that you can react to those by planning and then working that plan helps you in becoming a better team and overall company.
At ABT we are committed to providing our customers with the best service and the most reliable ways to approach business topics. Often copier companies get a device in place, put a sticker on the item and then walk away until you have a need. We strive to be more than a sticker on the machine while providing your solutions to all your office needs.