What to Do With Unused Ink Cartridges

by Wendy Anderson ; Updated September 26, 2017
Unused ink cartridges can be donated to charity.

Your old printer died, so you bought a new printer. But now you have a stack of unused ink cartridges. You do not have to throw them away -- in fact, you should not. You can choose an environmentally friendly and fiscally responsible alternative.


Make use of auction sites or local sales listings, like Craigslist, to sell your unused cartridges. Do an Internet search for ink buyers, as there are several websites that offer to buy either used or unused cartridges. You can also list them in your local newspaper's classified ads, or offer them at your next yard sale.


Call around to see if any local nonprofits or charities could use your ink. Many nonprofits use older model printers and will be happy to use your surplus. Toner Depot offers a March of Dimes donation program online.

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If you cannot find anyone to take and use the old cartridges, you can always recycle them just as if they were empty. Computer Hope lists a number of manufacturers and retail stores that accept ink cartridges for recycling, including Hewlett-Packard, Epson and Office Depot.


About the Author

Wendy Anderson has been writing professionally since 2006, and has had poems, short stories and essays published in several local literary magazines. She has also been copy-editing for more than 15 years, and has worked with local and national authors and publishing houses. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Lambuth College.

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