Ricoh printers, copiers and fax machines contain a replaceable toner cartridge that not only holds toner but also metal components that are harmful to the environment. If sent to a landfill, toner fragments can enter and contaminate the water table and the metal components can harm the soil. One way to keep the cartridges out of landfills is to recycle the cartridges using Ricoh’s Toner Cartridge Return Program or through a service that specializes in disposing of the empty cartridges.
Things You'll Need
- Heavy duty plastic bag
- Replacement cartridge box or cardboard box
- Shipping tape
- Toner Cartridge Return Program pre-addressed shipping label or blank shipping label
- Internet connection
- Internet browser
Boxing the Empty Toner Cartridge
Place the empty toner cartridge in a heavy duty plastic bag. Place the bag in the replacement cartridge box or a cardboard box large enough to accommodate the toner cartridge.
If you don’t have the replacement cartridge box or a cardboard box, or don't want to mail in your empty cartridge, complete the steps in the “Dropping Off the Empty Cartridge at a Ricoh Sales Office" section.
Seal the box with shipping tape. Place the Toner Cartridge Return Program pre-addressed shipping label on the cartridge/cardboard box. The pre-addressed shipping label is postage paid.
If you don’t have a pre-addressed shipping label, write on a blank shipping label the following address:
2051 Meridian Place
Hebron, KY 41048
Take the box to your area post office or mailing center for mailing.
Dropping Off the Empty Cartridge at a Ricoh Sales Office
Open your computer’s Internet browser.
Click the “Toner Cartridge Return Program” link in the Resources section to access the Ricoh “Resource Conservation and Recycling” website.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your ZIP code into the box under the heading “Enter Zip Code and Search Radius:.” Click the down arrow next to “5 Miles” to select a greater search distance from your ZIP Code.
Click “Go.” The search results will appear under the heading “Locations within XXXX miles of XXXX” with “XXXXs” representing the mileage radius and your Zip Code. Click the “MapQuest Directions” link to receive a printable map to the Ricoh sales office.
If the search results return “0” Ricoh sales offices in your area, complete the steps in the “Boxing the Empty Toner Cartridge” and send the box to the address in step 2.
Click “Print” then “Print Page as Shown” to print the map on your computer’s printer. Place the empty toner cartridge in a heavy duty plastic bag and take it to the Ricoh sales office.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are unable to mail or deliver your Ricoh toner cartridge to a Ricoh recycling/service center, click the “Earth911.com - Find Recycling Centers and Learn How To Recycle” link in the Resources section to access Earth911’s third-party recycling search engine. The service locates toner cartridge recycling centers in your area. Enter “Toner cartridges” in the box under the heading “Find recycling centers for” and your ZIP Code in the box under the heading “Near.” Click “Search.” Take your Ricoh toner cartridge to one of the recycling centers on the search results page.
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