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Toner (and Ink) Cartridge Recycling

Toners in some printer cartridges contain hazardous constituents. The State of California recommends treating any non-empty toner cartridges as hazardous and recycling them appropriately. 90-95 % of the materials used to manufacture a toner cartridge are recyclable. Accordingly, Stanford’s Department of Environmental Health & Safety and Sustainable Stanford recommends the following:

  • Whenever possible, purchase remanufactured toner cartridges. They are generally less expensive and require less energy and raw materials to produce. According to industry experts, "The remanufactured toner process emits 60% fewer carbon equivalents than manufacturing a new cartridge and each remanufactured toner cartridge helps save 2 quarts of oil".
  • If purchasing a new cartridge, purchase a brand that offers a mailing label to return the cartridge to the manufacturer (i.e. HP) for refurbishment / recycling.
  • Use the new Office Max Toner Recycling Program: For more information, contact Cris Nadzam in the Procurement Department (
  • Toner Cartridge recycling bins: Dispose of your spent cartridge, whether empty or not, in one of the toner cartridge recycling bins located throughout campus. The cartridges must be boxed or bagged. For a list of current toner recycling bin locations, click here.
  • Electronic Waste consolidation buckets: If the preceding three options are not available or convenient AND for quantities of one or two cartridges, place the toner cartridge (boxed or bagged) in one of the Electronic Waste consolidation buckets located throughout campus. For a list of current bucket locations, click here:

For more information about the Procurement Department's Toner and Ink Cartridge Recycling Program, please contact:

Cris Nadzam (Procurement Department) at: 725-1763 (

For general toner-related questions, contact Chris Craig (EH & S) at: 723-0654 (

The Used Toner and Ink Cartridge Dropoff Boxes:toner cartridge

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