How to Dispose of Printer Toner Cartridges

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Toner cartridges commonly used in printers contain hazardous chemical waste. Make sure you follow an environmentally safe procedure for disposal of used toner cartridges.

Step 1

Learn how companies recycle toner cartridges and often use its raw material to make new items including cartridges. Toner cartridges are dismantled and go through a quality check before being reused.

Step 2

Contact the cartridge manufacturer or seller. A majority of cartridge manufacturers have plans in place on recycling old and used cartridges and they will accept it.

Step 3

Dispose toner cartridges in the appropriate trash container. Do not dispose toner cartridges in the normal trash box. If you live in an urban house, make sure you dispose of the cartridge in the 'green' recycle trash box. If you work in an office or study in college, you will most likely locate a facility where you can drop of your used toner cartridges.

Step 4

Go online and learn about recycling and disposal information on various electronics items and computer peripherals using prominent search engines.

Step 5

Visit the official EPA website ( to learn more about toner cartridge disposal.

Tips & Warnings

  • Confirm that the printer toner cartridges are disposed of in a safe way. Contact the person to whom you have handed it over and find out if the desired task is over.
  • Avoid touching the drum surface of a toner cartridge.
  • Avoid exposing the cartridge to cold or warm temperatures or extreme humidity.