Toner Cartridge Recycling

If the manufacturer provides return recycling instructions and shipping labels please use them and follow their instructions.

Do any of these questions sound familiar:

  • "I have a room full of new in box toner cartridges that no one uses. What can I do about it?"
  • "We have a broken toner cartridge that is leaking. How can I get rid of it?"
  • "We have an empty toner cartridge that is not leaking. How can I get rid of it?"

Then you have come to the right place!

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety, Risk Management and Sustainability (EHS RMS) in conjunction with Mail Services would like to help you get rid of unwanted clutter in your office.

The following steps should be taken when you have equipment that you want removed when the manufacturer does not provide return recycling instructions and or return labels:

  1. If completely empty and does not contain electronic components:
    • Place it in the nearest recycling container aka your trash can that is not used for food waste (usually in the department office works) which is sorted by the company that sorts all of our trash on campus at the recycling sorting facility.
  2. If leaking:
    • Place the toner in a trash bag and tie it shut if it is only leaking when turned in a certain orientation. Place a work order to have it removed by our office here:
      Submit a Work Order
    • If it is leaking no matter what you do with it, stop moving it.  Call EHS and we will do our best to respond promptly.
  3. If not leaking but has toner left in the container:
    • If no return label is provided you can intra-office mail it to PO-140 in the original container or suitable box and write "Recycle" on the outside of the outer packaging.

If the manufacturer provides return recycling instructions and shipping labels please use them and follow their instructions.

Electronic waste should never be disposed of in the garbage!

Please help protect the environment from lead and other heavy metals. Toner cartridges that have electronic printed circuit boards on them should be treated as "not leaking but has toner left in the container" as described above even though they are not technically leaking.

As always if you have any questions feel free to contact our office.