Everyone hates being mid-printing only to find out the ink cartridge is empty. Even if you have a replacement on hand, the process of switching it out for the right one can be frustrating at best. However, what often gets lost in the mix is what is to happen to the old ink cartridge. If you are like most people, you throw it away without a second thought. But if this is an office printer, think of how many cartridges you go through throughout the year? Wouldn’t it be better to recycle them? If you’re using an HP ink cartridge, you can go to their website and learn more. Since 1987, HP has recovered over 2.3 billion pounds of products to reuse and recycle. They recycle products no longer suitable for use into materials used for new products. In 2010 alone, HP made more than 310 million ink cartridges that contained material from their “closed-loop” recycling process. Do you use HP ink cartridges? Want to get involved in recycling them for further use? If so, read on. Below is a guide on what to do the next time your ink cartridge is empty.

Required to find out how to return your HP Ink Cartridge

  • A computer, PC, laptop, Internet enabled mobile device, etc.
  • An empty HP ink cartridge

Steps To find out what to do with your empty HP ink cartridge

  1. Click in the URL address bar at the top of your browser screen. Once the cursor is blinking in the URL bar, you will copy and paste the following URL: www.hp.com/recycle
  2. The first option about halfway down the page under “Recycle” will read, “HP ink and Laser Jet toner cartridges” accompanied by a picture of an ink cartridge.
  3. Select the country you’re in and click Go.
  4. You have two options at this point, Drop It Off and Mail It In. If you click
    • Drop It Off, you will be taken to a screen and prompted to find a location. It will display four different retail chains that are “HP Authorized Retail Collection Locations” and will take your ink cartridge to be process for recycling.
    • Mail It In, you will be asked what kind of supplies you are returning. After selecting ink cartridges, you will be asked how many. After you specify how many, the website will give you the ability to order the U.S. Postal Service pre-paid envelopes you need. Each one can hold six ink cartridges without packaging.

That’s all there is to it. Both are easy ways to make sure your now useless ink cartridge finds a second, productive life.