If you throw away your ink jet, photocopier, fax or laser toner cartridges, you might consider refilling them (see places like Cartridge World). They will even pick them up from you for free if you have five or more. Call them for more information on 01423 701 704.
There are more than 375 million ink cartridges being thrown away worldwide each year and a large amount of this waste is totally unnecessary. The benefits associated with recycling printer ink cartridges include minimising waste on the environment but also reusing the cartridge components again with lower costs to the consumer. In the UK alone, there are approximately 24 million homes which have a personal computer with 90% of them who are likely to have a printer in place. There is only 15% of the 65 million cartridges sold in the UK which is currently recycled and the material of the product is expected to take hundreds of years to decompose.