Why You Should Recycle Ink
Recycling Ink is good for the environment, as it prevents plastic and metal(aluminum) from ending up in landfills. You can recycle ink at many different places, but the easiest is to just turn it in at Staples before buying a new cartridge. Doing this can save you $2.00 on your new cartridge.
Some people even take things a step further and reuse their cartridges before recycling them. This is done by getting the ink refilled, either by doing it yourself or by taking it to a retailer who will refill your cartridge for you. Two retailers that refill ink are Walgreens and Costco, and it typically costs around $8.00 - $12.00. Before making a trip to these stores, however, you'll want to call or visit their website to make sure they can in fact refill your cartridge, since these stores will only refill ink for certain printer cartridges. Costco's ink refilling service is what I'd recommend, since it is highly reviewed by PC World.
A second option is to buy remanufactured cartridges, which are essentially recycled cartridges that have been refilled. The best ones I've found are available from Inkfarm. By using a Inkfarm coupon code from sites like Inkjetprinterdiscounts.com, you can often get remanufactured ink cartridges for as little as $15, which is not much more that what you'd pay to get a cartridge refilled. Even if you don't buy remanufactured cartridges, using coupons is the best way to ensure that you get the best deals on ink cartridges.
Even if you reuse your cartridges, at a certain point, the components will go bad and you will need to buy a new cartridge. I recommend refilling ink no more than twice before recycling your cartridge. Recycling ink is an essential part of ensuring a sustainable future, and I hope you therefore decide to reuse your cartridges or start buying remanufactured cartridges to do your part to help conserve natural resources like water, oil, and minerals.