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Ink and Toner Cartridges

The most sustainable practice for recycling empty ink and toner cartridge is to return them to the company from which they were purchased either on campus or off campus.

On Campus

  • Ink and toner cartridges used by departments on campus should be returned to the vendor from which they were purchased. Reusing empty cartridges is preferable to recycling them as fewer resources are needed for the reuse process.
  • Xerox, the preferred vendor for purchasing ink and toner at Saint Louis University, shows its commitment to sustainability by offering return services for toners and parts using "Eco Box Kits." Designated Key Device Contacts (KDCs) are typically responsible for ordering Eco Box Kits for your department's devices. For more information on recycling toner and parts, please visit the FAQ page for the Blue Prints program.
  • If returning cartridges is not an option, cartridges are can be donated as part of the e-waste collection program.

Off Campus

  • The City of St. Louis has identified multiple locations around the city for recycling ink and toner cartridges. Click here for information.


Fast Facts on Ink and Toner Cartridges

  1. In North America, more than 40,000 tons of plastic and metal is saved from landfills annually as a result of cartridge recycling.
  2. Each year over 375 million empty ink and toner cartridges are thrown away with most ending up in landfills or in incinerators.
  3. Reuse is the highest form of recycling which is why remanufacturing is the ideal way to give used ink-jet and toner cartridges another life.
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