Council launches new ink and printer cartridge recycling service for residents

Residents can now recycle domestic printer and ink cartridges at their local recycling centres.

Oxfordshire County Council has introduced the new service as part of its commitment to maximising recycling and helping people put the environment first.

All seven of our Household Waste Recycling Centres now have the red cartridge recycling bins offering this free service for any model of cartridge or laser toner.

Over 45 million empty cartridges go for disposal each year in Britain, but it’s estimated that less than 10% of those are recycled. We are keen to improve this position locally. We currently recycle around 60% of our household waste but would like to reach 80%. New initiatives such as this can help make a real difference to making Oxfordshire greener.

Recycling printer cartridges really is worthwhile. Cartridges can be expensive but remanufactured printer cartridges can cost much less. By recycling your cartridges, you are also being kinder to the environment.

We ask that residents do not dispose of the printers themselves or trade cartridges in these bins, but, any household electrical or electronic goods can still be recycled at all of our sites for free. If in doubt, please ask our site teams who will be happy to help.

Steve Burdis Principal Officer within the Waste Team said:

“This is a new initiative for our sites. However, as more and more people print from home, we are seeing a staggering number of printer cartridges disposed of in the UK. Maximising the re-use and recycling of these is an obvious and positive environmental step, and one we hope all of our residents will fully embrace as we all strive to boost our recycling performance and make Oxfordshire a greener and more sustainable county.”

For more information on recycling in Oxfordshire, including a list of all the materials you can recycle at our sites visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling/household-waste/household-waste-recycling-centres