If you think you are doing your part when it comes to your impact on the environment, consider your efforts again. If you print but do not participate in ink cartridge recycling, then this is something that is harming the Earth in a serious way. Even if you did not even realize that this was the case, there are still a lot of serious repercussions to inadequately disposing of these sorts of containers and materials.
What many people simply do not realize about ink cartridge recycling is that the containers are actually still filled with bits of pigment after they are said to be empty by the machine. And when you toss those containers out thoughtlessly, they will ultimately end up in a landfill, where they will be exposed to natural elements like rain, sleet, snow, and whatever else that comes into contact with it. That means that over time, those toxic chemicals inside the container will be flushed out into the ground, polluting both the water table and the surrounding soil for miles. This is something that is entirely preventable, but once it is out in the world, the damage is impossible to contain.
You should be sure that you are doing your part and not inadvertently polluting the planet by simply not recycling your empty print containers. You will not regret getting involved in these sorts of programs when you find out just how easy and painless they are to participate in. Take a few minutes out of your day to really find out about the organizations and programs that are around you in your area that you can become a part of, whether it is just you, your family, or your entire place of business. Together, with a lot of patience, we can help to make the planet a better place, one step at a time.