Hi Renee: 

I am trying to find a place to recycle my waste toner from our copier at work. 

Do you have any suggestions on where I can drop off waste toner in Indianapolis — or companies that might even pick up? 

Thank you, 


Hi Shirley,

Toner cartridge fun facts:

-       The average laser printer cartridge can be remanufactured 3-4 times.

-       Studies have shows that the carbon footprint of a recycled laser cartridge is up to 1/3 less than that of a new cartridge.

-       Nearly 70% of empty printer cartridges are tossed in the trash.

-       A printer cartridge can take 500-1000 years to decompose in a landfill (though I’m not sure how they know that since printers haven’t been around that long…)

-       HP has produced more than 1.5 billion cartridges that contain recycled materials.

If you want to support a small, locally-owned business, you can drop off your cartridges at a place like Indy Ink and Toner in Avon.

Cartridge World on West 86th Street works with a few schools and churches that recycle cartridges for fundraisers. Drop your cartridges off and ask that the proceeds go to a nonprofit or set up your own fundraising program.

But if you’re just looking for a convenient place to drop off your cartridges, HP partners with a few chains that will accept them and you can even earn store credit through their rewards programs. I happened to stumble upon some Bonus Rewards from Staples this week if that’s your printer supply store of choice.

Fun fact sources: Cartridge World web site and HP web site.

Piece out,



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  • Don Fritz

    We use green hippo, inc. as a fund raiser and cartridge disposal recycle service. You collect and send them old cartridges; they pay you.

  • seenglefwa

    Check with your local SPCA to see if they will take the ink cartridges, ours (Allen County Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals) here in Fort Wayne, Indiana do take them. A great way to help out our furry, feathered and scaled friends plus I get a little loving time with them when I drop off my cartridges. It’s a win-win situation.

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