In our experience, your fundraising will benefit most overall by ensuring that you: include as many possible elements in your recycling campaign, get good prices for the most popular and valuable items — in particular for unused cartridges, and reduce admin time and other transaction costs by choosing a solution that brings all of these strands together.
There are of course items we cannot reuse, and thus cannot collect, but our personalised service will help you or your supporters to find alternative free recycling options so that even if you can't benefit financially, the environment wins and your supporters are happy.
Please note that each of these 4 separate types of item are handled at different facilities, and with occasional exceptions should not be mixed or sent together.
Some of your supporters will have full cartridges doing nothing sitting in a dusty drawer, or in their storerooms, for printers that have been replaced or upgraded.
These are a much better source of income than empties, as they are normally worth many times more because they can be reused as-is without refilling or recycling.
As market prices change on a day to day basis, instead of operating a price list please get in touch for a quotation.
To illustrate, here are the prices obtained for our charity beneficiaries in September 2018 for a small sample of cartridges sold. All were sealed in their original boxes, in very good cosmetic condition.
|Cartridge||Empty Value||Full Value|
|Brother TN326C Toner||£0.55||£50.00|
|Dell GD898 Toner||no value||£28.90|
|HP CC531A Toner||£0.55||£10.00|
|HP Q6003A Toner||no value||£30.25|
|Canon 711 Black||no value||£25.00|
|HP 301XL Black Ink||£1.80||£5.60|
|Canon 551 / 550XL set||£5.00||£30.00|
We collect these items directly from you or your supporters. They should not be sent with empty cartridges as these are handled at different facilities.
Ink cartridges are the small-sized (smaller than a clenched fist) cartridges used in home and home office printers.
You or your supporters can send in the models listed below by Freepost address, or for a large quantity we can arrange a collection.
As well as getting up to £2.00 for each original cartridge — made by the printer manufacturer and not yet been reused / refilled — you’ll also get paid for some compatible cartridges: those made by other companies, or that have been refilled before.
Most collectors, pay nothing for compatible cartridges, and only small amounts for others. Unfortunately, faulty or damaged cartridges have zero value.
|Ink Cartridges Eligible for Freepost Service
(click names for an example image)
|LC1280 (BCYM XL)||£0.00||n/a|
|CL-513 (Tri-Colour) / CL513||£1.10||£0.55|
|CL-541 XL (Tri-Colour)||£1.10||£0.55|
|CL-546 (Tri-Colour XL)||£1.10||£0.55|
|PG-512 (Black) / PG512||£1.10||£0.55|
|PG-540 (Black XL)||£1.10||£0.55|
|PG-545 (Black XL)||£1.10||£0.55|
|PGI-550 BXL (PGI-550BXL) (Black) / Canon PGI-550 BXL (PGI-550BXL)||£0.00||n/a|
|PGI-580B (Black) / Canon PGI-580B||£0.00||n/a|
|300 (Black) / CC640EE||£1.10||£0.55|
|300 (Colour XL) / CC644E||£1.10||£0.55|
|300 (Tri-Colour) / CC643E||£1.10||£0.55|
|301 (Black dated after 07/2014) / CH561EE||£1.10||£0.55|
|301 (Black XL dated after 07/14)||£1.10||£0.55|
|301 (Tri-Colour dated after 07/2014) / CH562EE / CH562E||£1.10||£0.55|
|301 (Tri-Colour XL dated after 07/14) / CH564EE||£1.10||£0.55|
|302 (Black XL) / F6U58AE||£1.10||n/a|
|302 (Tri-Colour) / F6U65AE||£1.10||£0.55|
|302 (Tri-Colour XL) / F6U67AE||£1.10||£0.55|
|302B Instant (Black) / F6U66AE / HP 302 Black Original Ink Cartridge||£1.10||n/a|
|302C II (302C Instant) (Tri-Color)||£1.10||n/a|
|302 Instant (Black) / F6U66AE||£0.00||n/a|
|303 XL (Black)||£1.10||£0.55|
|303 XL (Colour XL)||£1.10||£0.55|
|304B II (304B Instant) (Black)||£1.10||n/a|
|304 XL (Black)||£1.10||£0.55|
|304 XL (Colour)||£1.10||£0.55|
|62 (Black) / C2P04AE||£1.10||£0.55|
|62 (Black XL)||£1.10||£0.55|
|62 (Tri-Colour) / C2P06AE||£1.10||£0.55|
|62 (Tri-Colour XL)||£1.10||£0.55|
Any other ink cartridges?
|I'm afraid these can't be reused to raise funds as their market value is too low. You or your supporters can get in touch with us for help, or see our partner site EveryCartridge to find alternative free recycling destinations for these.|
Toner / laser cartridges are the larger (normally foot-long) cartridges used in office printers and photocopiers. We're currently unable to recycle these due to an issue with one of our toner recycling partners. We can direct your supporters to a free and convenient alternative, and you will still raise funds from the other items sent in to our ink cartridge, unused cartridge, and mobile phone services.
Most people upgrade their mobile phones once every 2 years, so there are a lot of unused second-hand phones sitting in homes and offices across the country.
These are a good source of income, as there is a healthy market for second-hand models. Very recent models in full working order will be worth up to £100, popular phones up to £20, and old models up to £2. Some non-working phones will have a small repair or material reclamation value.
Here are some sample prices in February 2015 for popular models. This assumes the phone is in good working and cosmetic order, and has its original battery and charger.
|Nokia 3210||recycle for free|
|Samsung GT E2600||£0.55|
|Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini (non-working)||£5.36|
|Blackberry Curve 8520||£17.00|
|Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini (working)||£29.50|
|Samsung Galaxy S2||£30.00|
|Apple iPhone 5C 16GB||£96.75|
You or your supporters can send their phones using a prepaid postage label.