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Pros and Cons of Recycling Toners

Updated on July 22, 2010

Recycling Toners and Ink Cartridges

 First I cannot believe no one has answered this question. I just recycled some and am waiting for my check.

When my work office was packing up to move I found many toner cartridges, some never opened, and was told to throw them out. I responded that I thought we were supposed to recycle them. My boss said "Then take em, I don't want them."

We had over the years rented space to others and they left some. We had changed printers over the years and that gave us some more. I took them and put them in my car, figuring next time I was near an Office Depot I'd stop in and ask.

As it turns out they give you $3.00 a piece for them, if you are a rewards member (membership is free). They told me they take the ink cartridges too. Only five per day. Other places might give you free paper.

You do not get the cash immediately, they send you a check. They ring it up to your account as a penny per and however many pennies you have is how many cartridges you recycled.

My theory is that many businesses may just be throwing these cartridges away. A person who wanted to make some extra income could go and make business cards and offer to pick up used cartridges. Write on the card "I'll be in your neighborhood on Wednesdays." and stick to your schedule. Five per day is only fifteen dollars a day, but it is ninety dollars if you cash in six days per week. That's an extra $4,680.00 a year. Check your mileage and stuff to make sure it is worth it, and try to group your businesses together. For many it might not seem worth the company's time to recycle themselves.

While You're in the Area

It may seem a pipe dream, but many companies are now being formed that pick up used oil from deep fryers. They make fuel from this and it is a green job. Check what companies are doing this and you might be able to add to your recycling dollars, by finding restaurants for them you may be able to receive an added bonus.

There are many recycling opportunities for those who are looking for them. I know it takes a lot of aluminum cans to make it worth while, but many places are just tossing them out the back door. Over the years people have gone to various businesses and asked that they separate their cans and put them out at night. These entrepreneurs have started with a bicycle and ended up with a pick-up truck. I have seen it happen at my own place of employment.

Another is picking up wooden pallets, if you have the vehicle for it. Some companies pay as much as $5.00 a piece for them.

A word of warning. Do not just go and take any thing that is recyclable to make money. Ask the company, business or management company before you go and get stuff from their property Some already have a pick up service. But, if you have the place to sell it, and you notice they are always throwing it out, ask if you can take these items off their hands for them and go recycle them for profit.

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If you would like to earn tangible residual income each month (from $2000 to $5000 /month), within a year, please contact me. You will be making a commitment to help others.

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    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the info! Maybe I will take my own advice and create my own job, sending off empties to you!

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      Jesi Lee 

      7 years ago

      This is a really helpful blog! Thanks so much for posting. We are a company who sells inks, toners, printers etc. but WE BUY EMPTY CARTRIDGES too! help our environment, earn money! you can email me at

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Wow I got my first comment here, lol. Thanks for stopping by.

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      7 years ago

      yeeeeeee HAWWWWW

      lets get on the recycling train!!!!

      i'm ready, recycle. i'm ready recycle


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