Green Lifestyle

Published on March 25th, 2014 | by Scott Cooney


Recycle Your Printer Cartridges!

Did you know that throwing your empty printer cartridges in the bin is not an environmentally friendly practice? Printer ink cartridges are made of complex components and as such, are not able to be recycled or disposed of safely, unlike other traditional waste materials.

The infographic below illustrates the hazards that printer cartridges potentially pose to the environment if disposed of improperly. Thankfully, organisations including Planet Ark have spearheaded recycling programs such as ‘Cartridges for Planet Ark’, which works with corporate organisations and ink cartridge manufacturers on sustainable ways to recycle used cartridges.

Many organizations concerned about cutting their waste are working with Cartridges Direct – an online printer retailer who is passionate about spreading the word on the importance of recycle printer cartridges after use. Click here to read more about the benefits of recycling your printer cartridges, and what happens during the process of recycling.


Image from this post’s sponsor, Cartridges Direct.

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About the Author

Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott's current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world's biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home, a turnkey and franchiseable green home consulting service that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator; and Cost of Solar, a solar lead generation service to connect interested homeowners and solar contractors. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride. Find Scott on

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