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REAL provides a blue bin at the customer entrance of the REAL Deal Store for the collection of used  inkjet printer cartridges and toner cartridges. Using this service ensures these items are recycled responsibly.

Beginning July 2019, materials collected are being picked up by the same company that handles our electronic waste.  

Staples  also accepts used ink and toner cartridges in their stores.  The closest stores are in Brockville and Carleton Place.

HP, Canon and other companies provide a cartridge  service whereby your used cartridges  can be mailed or picked up by a courier free of charge and returned to the company.  Generally this means the plastic is recycled into plastic for new cartridges.

Reusing Print Cartridges

Please note that many ink jet, laser and toner cartridges can be refilled, which will conserve resources, redirect waste from landfill, and save you money. Before you buy a new printer, find out if the ink cartridge can be refilled.   Check with your local computer store.

Another option is to look for a printer that uses ink tanks.