Printer/Copier Cartridges and Components

Recycling & Solid Waste collects a variety of items as part of its printer/copier cartridges and components stream. Our recycling vendor refills cartridges for resale, returns them to the original manufacturer for refilling or, when refilling is not possible, recycles the materials. Fuser units, imaging units, and transfer rollers are reconditioned for reuse or returned to the original manufacturer for reuse of parts.

How to recycle your cartridges and components

Staff located on campus should recycle cartridges through Recycling & Solid Waste. When you install a new cartridge or component, put the old item into the box, and then seal the box. Write “used” or “recycle” on the box. If the box is not available, place the item in a clear bag and securely tie the bag.

What is acceptable as cartridges and components

  • Toner cartridges
  • Laser printer cartridges
  • Ink jet printer cartridges (acceptable in eMedia bins)
  • Bubble jet printer cartridges (acceptable in eMedia bins)
  • Copier cartridges
  • Fuser drums
  • Imaging units
  • Transfer rollers

What is not acceptable as cartridges and components

Campus buildings without a designated collection location for cartridges and components

For buildings without a designated collection location, Recycling & Solid Waste will pick up cartridges, fuser drums, imaging units, and transfer rollers. To request a collection location for your building, contact recycle@uw.edu.

When you install a new cartridge or component, put the old item into the box, and then seal the box. Write “used” or “recycle” on the box. If the box is not available, place the item in a clear bag and securely tie the bag.

Fill out the Pick Up Boxed Recyclables Form. To reduce truck traffic on campus, accumulate as many cartridges as possible (preferably 6 or more) before requesting pickup.

Campus Buildings with a designated collection location for cartridges and components

Many campus buildings have a designated location within the building or at the loading dock for collection of cartridges, fuser drums, imaging units, and transfer rollers. For these buildings, items are picked up during the regular Recycling & Solid Waste route:

  • Allen Center for CSE loading dock
  • Allen Suzzallo loading dock
  • Gates Law School loading dock, on the designated table
  • Gerberding Hall basement, on shelf next to room B-54
  • Hall Health room G-00R, by the service area
  • Health Sciences Building, including Foege, AA-wing loading dock or K-wing loading dock
  • HUB loading dock
  • Kane Hall loading dock
  • Mary Gates loading dock
  • Padelford loading dock
  • Publications Services, indoor loading dock
  • UW Tower loading dock

Off-Campus and Leased Facilities

Staff located off-campus and at leased facilities should recycle cartridges through the manufacturer’s recycling program or through Office Depot by using their free cartridge collection boxes. The Office Depot free collection boxes come with pre-paid shipping labels and can be ordered online through UW eProcurement (#621-558 for inkjet boxes and #650-988 for laser toner boxes).

*When you install a new cartridge, put the old cartridge into the box, and then seal the box. Place the sealed box into your Office Depot collection box. *When your collection box is full, seal it, attach the pre-paid shipping label, and return to Office Depot through UPS.

New/Unused Cartridges and Components

Recycling & Solid Waste will collect new/unused cartridges and components that are no longer needed by departments. Include them as part of a Surplus pickup or, for staff on campus, include them as part of a pickup of boxed recyclables.

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