Recycle Your Empty Ink Cartridges

Due to a procedural change by Royal Mail they are no longer able to process hand written envelopes sent via the Freepost system. Please kindly ensure that all labels are typed or printed via our website. You can access a copy of the freepost label using the link below.

With Cartridge World, recycling ink cartridges is good for the environment, free and simple to do. If you have received one of our Freepost bags with your cartridge delivery simply put your empty cartridges in the bag and pop them in the post.

If you have not received a Freepost bag don't worry. You can still recycle your empty ink cartridges by following the instructions below.

1: Place you empty ink cartridges in suitable packaging.

    Try reusing the envelope your new cartridges arrived in.


2: Download our Freepost label here.

    A new window will open, print in black and white to save your coloured ink.


3: Affix the label to your package.

    Pop in the post and we will do the rest.

Older Epson ink cartridges are basically plastic-containers for your ink, they can  be recycled in any plastic recycling bins. Epson cartridges should not be returned using this scheme, thank you for your cooperation.

Why Recycle?

Unwanted electrical equipment is the UK's fastest growing type of waste.

Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle, electrical equipment will end up in landfill where hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife and also human health.

Cartridges are classified as electrical equipment and used cartridges as waste electrical equipment or WEEE. You can recycle your used empty inkjet cartridges with us. To recycle toner cartridges you can either return them to your nearest Cartridge World store or alternatively, go to the following website to locate your nearest recycling centre:

To remind you that your cartridges can be recycled, they will now be marked with a crossed out wheelie bin symbol: 

Recycling Original Toner Cartridges

Unfortunately we are unable to offer a toner cartridge recycling service using the above freepost label. If you would like to recycle toner cartridges you can visit our recyling partner who offer recycling on a selected range of toner cartridges.

Recycle with the Manufacturers

The majority of orginal toner cartridge manufacturers have their own recycling schemes which allows you to recycle your toner cartridges directly with the brands. We have listed the details below.

At Brother, we take our environmental responsibilities seriously, and encourage our customers to do the same by sending us their used printer ink cartridges and toner cartridges for recycling at no cost.

Canon’s toner cartridge recycling programme provides you with a free, easy and environmentally responsible way to recycle your empty Canon toner cartridges.

If it takes 1,000 years or more for one ink or toner cartridge to decompose inside a landfill, doesn't it make sense to responsibly recycle all of your Dell ink and toner cartridges — for free — with us? 

Following Epson's philosophy towards recycling “To conserve valuable environmental resources and reduce waste we aim to collect and recycle as many products and supplies as possible”, Epson has established the collection and recycling programs for cartridges. The programmes consist of single return (via postal) and bulk return (via box collection programme).

We collect used products for resale and recycling in 76 countries and territories worldwide. We are committed to helping our customers recycle responsibly. Our product recycling goal is to recycle 1.2 million tonnes of hardware and supplies by 2025

Lexmark offers our customers environmentally sound choices for disposal of our end-of-life products and supplies. We continue to develop products, features and solutions that offer our customers opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of their printing and imaging activites.

As part of our commitment to protecting the environment, we are pleased to offer our customers free recycling facilities for all genuine OKI Original consumables such as toner cartridges, image drums (EP cartridges), fuser units, transfer belts, waste toner bottles and ribbons.

Thank you for using the HP Planet Partners return and recycling service. Samsung printer cartridges can be recycled through the HP Planet Partners scheme.

Xerox is committed to responsible and environmental business practices. The Xerox Green World Alliance is a valuable recycling program that minimizes environmental impacts of printer supplies and provides options to throwing away empty containers.

Our supplies recycling programs have kept thousands of tons of supplies out of landfills.

The Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires countries to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items. In the UK, distributors (including retailers) must provide a system which allows all customers buying new electrical equipment the opportunity to recycle their old items free of charge. Those establishing their own take back scheme must, as a minimum, offer all customers buying new electrical equipment free take-back of their old electricals on a like for like basis.