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Support a local cause AND help the environment

Printer cartridges - we all use them daily and replace them occasionally, but did you know that if you discard your old toner with general waste the components can take up to 1000 years to discompose! A disaster for our environment, and unnecessary, as most of the components that make up an ink cartridge are fully recyclable.

What do you do with your old cartridges? If you’re not currently involved in a collection or recycle scheme, why not consider Aston & James’s free ink and toner recycling service? You’ll not only be helping the environment but be raising funds for local charity SeeSaw to offer vital grief support for young people and their families in Oxfordshire.

How are the cartridges recycled?

With our ink and toner recycling service the components contained in a cartridge are almost entirely recycled, minimising the amount of waste contributing to landfill. Cartridges are complex pieces of equipment and are made up of mixed plastics and metals. The recycling process sees any remaining ink drained, the cartridge broken down and any parts that pass strict quality control re-used in new cartridges. The rest is shredded. Powerful magnets separate the different metals from the plastics, which are then washed thoroughly, melted, dried and tested for impurities. New plastic is formed, and anything not used in the remanufacture of new cartridge is sent away to make other products.

How you can help the environment

By allowing us to simply collect your used or out of date cartridges, you can be sure we will send them for recycling. You’ll be preventing them being dumped into landfill where they will continue to pollute the environment for years to come.

How we’ll help local charity SeeSaw

It’s simple, for every cartridge we collect and send away for recycling, we’ll donate the money received to SeeSaw, a fantastic local charity. SeeSaw supports children and young people who are having difficulty coping with the death of a mum, dad, sister or brother. SeeSaw was established in 2000, and since that time has supported over 5000 children, young people and their families across the county. The charity’s aim is to give bereaved children in difficulty the support they need, so that they can move forward and face the future with hope. SeeSaw’s fast response support service is free of charge and includes tailored one-to-one support when a family member has died or is dying, telephone support for parents and carers, family activity days and a schools support service. SeeSaw is not government funded and relies on donations and fundraising through the local community, the corporate sector and charitable bodies in order keep its vital service going.

How you can help SeeSaw:

  • We provide you with a collection box or envelopes
  • You fill the box or envelopes with your used ink cartridges and toners
  • We collect these items when we deliver your stationery, or
  • you can post them back for free
  • Any money we make from recycling cartridges is donated to SeeSaw
  • We will keep you up to date with all the funds raised


By using our effortless recycling collection service, you’ll not only be saving the environment but supporting a great Oxfordshire cause in the process.
Contact us to find out how to get started today!

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