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Donate Full, Unused Cartridges

  1. Confirm Details

Got 1 unused ink cartridge that you mistakenly ordered? Or 50+ full toner cartridges for laser printers you upgraded?

We collect & reuse these to raise funds for the Against Malaria Foundation — over £86,000 so far!

» Fill in your contact details below and we'll get in touch to check we can use your items.

  2. Pack & Ship; Free

You get a free courier collection or a prepaid label for a local drop-off at a parcel shop.

In some cases, we can send you shipping boxes if you won't be able to find any suitable boxes of your own to reuse.

If we can't reuse any of your items, then it's very unlikely any other charity can raise funds from those, but we will help you find & use other free recycling options.

 3. Thank You

You receive a thank-you certificate showing the estimated number of anti-malaria nets you've helped us to donate to the Against Malaria Foundation.

Your cartridges are sent to new homes and reused instead of merely recycled — which is a much better use of the planet's resources, saving up to 5kg of CO2 each.

Request Unused Cartridge Collection

If you just have used/empty cartridges please use our used ink and toner cartridge recycling facilities instead.

We'll then get in touch as soon as we can by email or phone to arrange the next steps.

Got Questions?

We collect both ink and toner cartridges, but we need basic details about your items to check that your specific cartridge models have enough value to cover our costs and raise funds for charity as there are thousands of types.

We take all of the most popular brands: Hewlett Packard, Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Lexmark, Panasonic, Ricoh, Samsung, Xerox.

If we can't usefully reuse your full cartridges because they're too old or obsolete, we'll work with you to find a free alternative recycling option for them.

In most cases we can still take cartridges that have passed the expiry date or 'warranty ends' or 'install before' date, but this depends on the brand.

If any of your cartridges have been removed from their sealed inner packaging, these will need to be considered as 'used' because they'd need to be refilled and tested before being sent to consumers.

If your cartridges are non-OEM (often called 'compatible', 'recycled' or 'remanufactured' cartridges and made by a brand or company that is not your printer's manufacturer) then they probably won't have a reuse value but it's worth checking.

We need to check that we can reuse your items and raise funds for the AMF before we collect because we pay for the shipping, staff to process and check consignments, and disposal/recycling fees for any cartridges that can't be reused.

Generally we need to know the models numbers of your cartridges, quantities, box condition, and that they were made by your original printer manufacturer (and not 'compatible' or 'recycled' versions made by another brand or company.)

A clear photo of your unused cartridges in their packaging really helps — we can check the model numbers, quantities, and verify their condition for you.

If you have a large number, we don't need exact quantities, but we will need to know that we can reuse most of what you're sending us.

Any reusable unused cartridge that we take could be worth anywhere from 0.5 to 100 long-lasting anti-malaria nets in terms of donation for the Against Malaria Foundation — our chosen partner charity that benefits from items you send us. That's equivalent to about $2USD per net.

Long-lasting insecticidal sleeping nets are a highly effective way to prevent a disease that kills 400,000 people a year. So next time you upgrade your printer, or are clearing out your office or drawers, think of the benefit that any full and unused printer cartridges could have on lives of people in sub-tropical countries.

Yes! We need to check that we can use the particular cartridges you have, but once we've done that we'll give you a free collection, or a free drop-off at a local parcel shop on the high street, and for larger quantities of cartridges we can supply our large sturdy shipping boxes to send them to us in.

With this service, your cartridges are reused as they were originally intended — as full cartridges that we find homes for in an appropriate printer. This reduces the number of printer cartridges that needs to be manufactured, which reduces use of oil to produce plastics, precious metals, and energy used in construction.

Recycling — breaking cartridges down into component materials for use in different products — may be better than sending products to landfill, but is a last resort for items that can't be reused as it still uses much more energy and oil and other natural resources.

Nothing we receive is sent to landfill.

We operate across the entire United Kingdom by using nationwide couriers to transport your items. In some cases, if you have a large number of more valuable items and are within 100 miles one of our warehouses we may be able to collect your cartridges loose without having to pack them up into shipping boxes.

If you're in the US or Canada, try our partner CartridgeForest instead.

Please do not open the boxes or packaging that the cartridges came in — we need to receive the items in their original packaging and as good a condition as possible.

We mostly use nationwide courier networks to ship your items, so you will need to put them (in their original packaging) into a sturdy outer protective shipping box — if you have a large number of items, we can supply these free of charge if you cannot find a suitable box of your own to use.

In some cases, if you're within 100 miles of one of our warehouses we may be able to collect directly from your site in our own vans.

If we can reuse your unused cartridges, you can also send any empty small/ink cartridges at the same time (only those smaller than a clenched fist).

However, we cannot take any empty large/toner cartridges (bigger than a clenched fist) due to the costs of the extra weight and dimensions, and the cost of processing and disposing of them — we'll provide you with separate recycling instructions on how to dispose of those free of charge in an environmentally-responsible manner.

You are welcome to cover the costs of shipping your full printer cartridges to us — this may be easier and more straightforward for you if you have existing arrangements with a courier, or want to send using a Post Office — and this will increase the amount that we are able to donate to the AMF from your items.

We will need to do a quick check to see that we can usefully reuse your items before we allow you to send though.

If you have some suitably-sized cardboard boxes you can reuse, that's ideal as it means we can pass on more to the AMF, and you're reusing existing resources.

In some cases, if you have a larger number of big unused cartridges to ship then we can provide sturdy shipping boxes and tape.


  Autumn 2020 Updates

  4,451 mosquito nets donated

  3,071 cartridges reused

  3,738kg of CO2 saved

  Lifetime Totals

  61,428 mosquito nets donated

  over 100,000 cartridges reused

  over 250 tonnes of CO2 saved

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