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The GREEN Aspect

Be seen to be green

How can I help the eviroment

Help the environment by reducing unnecessary Landfill

Smart Cartridge is fully aware of the impact that throwing away empty cartridges has on the environment. This is why we not only like to emphasise the money saving benefits of recycling your cartridges with Smart Cartridge but also aim to highlight the positive impact cartridge recycling has on the environment.

Did you know?

• The plastic used in a typical cartridge is made of engineering grade polymers and takes at least 1000 years to decompose (Recharger Magazine)

• Worldwide - every year more than 1 billion ink cartridges are used – most are thrown away (

• Over more than 30 million inkjet cartridges are dumped each year in the UK alone (Recharger Magazine)

• 90ml of oil is used to produce each inkjet cartridge (Recycler Magazine)

• Roughly 3.5 litres of oil are needed to make one new laser cartridge (Recycler Magazine)

• Half a gallon of oil is conserved for every laser cartridge returned (Note – Oil is a non renewable fossil fuel which cannot be remade) (Recharger Magazine)

• Carbon based gas is a major cause of global warming. Inkjet cartridge recycling helps reduce carbon emissions as well as to conserve resources and reduce waste (Recharger Magazine)

• Stacked end to end, cartridges thrown away in one year would cover a distance of over 24,000 miles (enough to circle the earth) (Recharger Magazine)

• A significant part of cartridges are made up of plastic and it is estimated that 4% of oil is produced annually across the globe is used as a raw material for production of plastics – therefore the reuse of cartridges signifies a considerable gain for the environment (Recycler Magazine)

How can you help to recycle?

Bring your empties to Smart Cartridge to be refilled!

However, if you do not want to recycle your empty printer cartridges by refilling, Smart Cartridge will still collect your empties so they can be refilled and sold to those who would like to help the environment. Please drop your empties in to your nearest store today. Link to nearest store

Recycling & Businesses…

What do you do with your empty printer cartridges? Smart Cartridge strives to encourage more businesses to recycle their empty cartridges and is offering local schools, offices, clubs, the healthcare sector and many more organisations the chance to participate in giving something back to the environment (and their business!).

Smart Cartridges Business Accounts

Start saving and open a business account today! By placing one of Smart Cartridge's recycling bins in your workplace, Smart Cartridge will come and collect your empty cartridges, remanufacture and return them back to you within 24-48 hours during which time your cartridges will have been fully cleaned, refilled and tested to guarantee 100% printing quality – all at no extra charge! – All you need to do is pick up the phone and arrange a collection.

Or if you just want Smart Cartridge to dispose of your empty cartridges, we will collect your recycling bins once full!

Contact your nearest store for details..  

  • Customers bring in their empty printer cartridges for refilling thus reducing the core component cost and also saving the environment and land fill waste.

  • Each cartridge is professionally cleaned and emptied using our unique vacuum evacuation system, on site and within the hour.

  • The cartridge is refilled with specially formulated inks and recharged using the latest vacuum filling technology .Chips are reset or replaced where appropriate.

  • The cartridge is tested using the high speed inkjet tester, taped, clipped, relabelled and resold back to the custome...