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As of Friday 18th December 2020 our Freepost address has been closed and replaced with this new system from our partner Recycle4Charity.
If you have printed existing copies of the Freepost address, please do not use them as your items will be returned or destroyed by Royal Mail.
Ink cartridges are the smaller cartridge type (fit into the palm of your hand) used in home printers and use a liquid ink.
Empty ink cartridge recycling is offered by our partner Recycle4Charity, and if your items qualify you will get a pre-paid Royal Mail label you can use at a Post Office.
Your empty inks can raise up to £2 each for the Against Malaria Foundation. This is a third-party service we have no control over, and they make direct payments to the AMF from your donations.
If you have toner or laser cartridges (a foot long, and used in office printers and photocopiers), please see our toner/laser recycling service instead, as Recycle4Charity does not accept any of these.
If you have any full or unused cartridges, please use our full cartridge service instead.
Because postage costs are very high and not all empty ink cartridges have value, you need to check your used cartridges have at least £2 in total donation value for the Against Malaria Foundation before you send to Recycle4Charity.
Search using your cartridge part number(s), and then click on the row for your cartridges to see their donation value:
Unsure? Having trouble? Email Recycle4Charity — providing a photo of your cartridges, or giving them your printer or cartridge model number will help.
Items don't qualify? Try our free recycling alternatives guide instead.
Once you've checked your items have enough value, register so that your cartridges can be credited to the Against Malaria Foundation.
Once registered, you can request a one-use prepaid postal label to send your items at any Post Office.
Or, if you wish to act as a collection point for others, you can request a free display collection box to be sent to you.
Please remember to send any full/unused cartridges to us separately.
Please do not throw your cartridges in the bin! They take thousands of years to degrade and will leech chemicals into landfill sites.
Instead, we can help you find alternatives — hopefully ones that are free — to help the environment even if we can't help charity.
Register above, and then wait until you do have enough items to raise at least the minimum value in total. You could club together with others, or even set up a collection point for empty cartridges so this won't be a problem, and you help save on resources by cutting down the postage cost per cartridge.
Please send us (Cartridges4Charity) your unused cartridges, as we can raise much more for the Against Malaria Foundation this way, and we may be able to take your empty cartridges at the same time.
Please try our toner recycling service first, as Recycle4Charity do not accept these. If you qualify for that service you can send any inks you have along at the same time with the toners.
If your question is about the Recycle4Charity scheme described above, please email info@Recycle4Charity.co.uk as this is a third-party service we have no control over.
If however you want to ask about full/unused cartridges, toner/laser cartridges, or alternative recycling options, we — Cartridges4Charity — would love to hear from you.
2,319 cartridges reused
2,562kg of CO2 saved
over 100,000 cartridges reused
over 250 tonnes of CO2 saved