Canon Inkjet Cartridge Recycling Programme

We make it easy to send us your genuine Canon inkjet cartridges for recycling.

Canon assumes responsibility for the recycling and recovery of raw materials from genuine Canon cartridges which customers return using this programme.  Consideration for the environment goes into every aspect of design, beginning with the selection of materials and their configuration into products right through to the re-processing of used cartridges.

What are the benefits to you?

  • Free recycling of your empty Canon inkjet cartridges.
  • Full regulatory compliance: All agents used by Canon hold the required licenses, giving you the peace of mind that your waste is being dealt with in the appropriate way.
  • No cartridge returned through this programme ever goes to landfill.
  • The recycling process enables parts and materials from the empty cartridge to be re-utilised in the production of new cartridges.
  • By recycling your genuine Canon inkjet cartridges with us you help ensure a closed loop system and minimise our use of raw materials.Further information on the Canon toner cartridge recycling programme can be 

Further information on the Canon toner cartridge recycling programme can be found through the links on the right. If you have Canon toner cartridges that you would like to recycle click the link below to request a collection!

Your participation in and use of the Canon Inkjet Cartridge Recycling Programme and Canon’s supply of the relevant services are governed by Canon’s Terms and Conditions. The general disclaimer is incorporated in these terms and conditions by reference and forms an integral part hereof. The general disclaimer can be printed and accessed by clicking on the link above as well as via the link at the bottom of Canon’s website.

In accordance with the applicable Terms and Conditions of use referred to above, Canon will not use the personal data provided by you in relation to the Canon’s Toner Cartridge Recycle Programme for marketing purposes or to inform you about other products and services.

Please note that you may only use Canon Inkjet Cartridge Recycle Programme to return empty genuine Canon inkjet cartridges. Without prejudice to Canon’s other rights in case of breach of any provision in these terms and conditions Canon has the right to reject any further participation in and use of Canon Inkjet Cartridge Recycle Programme and Canon may stop the supply of the relevant services immediately. Furthermore Canon reserves the right to claim compensation in case of breach of any of these terms and conditions.

The following cartridges may be returned to us for recycling. Unfortunately we are unable to accept large format inkjet cartridges in this programme.

BCI-10CLI-526 YPGI-29 GY
BCI-15BKCLI-8BKPGI-29 LGY
BCI-15CLCLI-8CPGI-29 C
BCI-16CLCLI-8GPGI-29 M
BCI-24BKCLI-8MPGI-29 Y
BCI-24CLCLI-8PCPGI-29 PC
BCI-3eBKCLI-8PMPGI-29 PM
BCI-3eCCLI-8RPGI-29 R
BCI-3eMCLI-8YPGI-29 CO
BCI-3eYCLI-551 BKPGI-35BK
BCI-6BKCLI-551 CPGI-520
BCI-6CCLI-551 MPGI-525 PGBK
BCI-6MCLI-551 YPGI-550 PGBK
BCI-6RCLI-551 GYPGI-550XL PGBK
BCI-6PCCLI-551XL BKPGI-555XXL PGBK
BCI-6PMCLI-551XL CPGI-5BK
BCI-6YCLI-551XL MPGI-7 BK
BX-20CLI-551XL YPGI-72 MBK
BX-3CLI-551XL GYPGI-72 PBK
CL-38CLI-42 PBKPGI-72 C
CL-41CLI-42 CPGI-72 M
CL-51CLI-42 MPGI-72 Y
CL-511CLI-42 YPGI-72 PC
CL-513CLI-42 PCPGI-72 PM
CL-52CLI-42 PMPGI-72 GY
CL-541CLI-42 GYPGI-72 R
CL-541XLCLI-42 LGYPGI-72 CO
CL-546PG-37PGI-9 C
CL-546XLPG-40PGI-9 Clear
CLI-36 CLRPG-50PGI-9 G
CLI-521 BKPG-510PGI-9 GY
CLI-521 CPG-512PGI-9 M
CLI-521 GYPG-540PGI-9 MBK
CLI-521 MPG-540XLPGI-9 PBK
CLI-521 YPG-545PGI-9 PC
CLI-526 BKPG-545XLPGI-9 PM
CLI-526 CPGI-29 MBKPGI-9 R
CLI-526 GYPGI-29 PBKPGI-9 Y
CLI-526 MPGI-29 DGY

If you are sure you have a genuine Canon inkjet cartridge but it is not on the list above, please contact us using our feedback form and we will advise you if it is accepted within the recycling programme.

Can I return more than one inkjet cartridge at once?

The postage envelopes that we issue for the return of Canon inkjet cartridges are designed to hold multiple cartridges. Depending on the cartridge that you have, we estimate you can return between 5 and 10 cartridges per envelope. We would appreciate it if you could send at least five cartridges in each envelope.

Can I return non-Canon inkjet cartridges?

Only genuine Canon-manufactured inkjet cartridges can be returned to Canon for recycling. If you have non-Canon cartridges please contact the manufacturer or the place of purchase for recycling information and options.

Does Canon offer a recycling service for other cartridges (e.g. toner cartridges or toner bottles)?

Canon has a recycling service for its toner cartridges. To return your Canon toner cartridges, please click on this link www.canon-europe.com/recycling. For toner bottles the policies and procedures vary from country to country and we recommend that you contact your national Canon office for more information.

How are the inkjet cartridges recycled?

The inkjet cartridges are sent to a recycling facility where the cartridges are unpacked and then mechanically crushed into small pieces. The crushed elements of plastics and metals are then separated before being recycled.

How do you use and store my personal data?

We only capture the data needed to be able to post the return envelopes to you. All data is managed and stored in line with the Data Protection Act and is deleted after 60 days. Your data will never be used for any purpose other than for the inkjet recycling programme.

I can’t get the cartridge out of the printer.

Please refer to your printer user guide, or contact the Canon help desk for technical support. http://www.canon-europe.com/Support.

I don’t want to wait until I have five cartridges. Can I send just one at a time?

Canon’s inkjet cartridge recycling programme has been set up to reduce waste and re-use resources. We value your support for the recycling programme and it will help us minimise the carbon footprint of this service if at least five cartridges are returned per envelope.

My cartridge is leaking – can I still send it to you?

The inkjet cartridge recycling programme is designed for empty Canon cartridges only. While there may be remnants of ink left in the cartridge, this is acceptable and the envelopes are designed to prevent leakage. However, if your cartridge is not empty or is leaking large amounts of ink, we regret that this is not suitable for the recycling programme. In this case, please dispose of the cartridge in a safe manner within your normal waste streams.

The inkjet recycling website is not appearing properly on my screen.

The cartridge recycling site is developed to work with browser versions such as Internet Explorer 6 or newer, Firefox 3.5 or newer, Google Chrome and Safari 5 or newer. JavaScript support needs to be enabled. If you are having technical problems generating an envelope request, you may request a return envelope through our feedback form.

What inkjet cartridges does Canon take back?

All genuine Canon inkjet cartridges from our PIXMA devices can be returned to Canon. Unfortunately we cannot accept large format ink cartridges. If you have these cartridges, please contact your local Canon office to find out the recycling options that are available in your country.

What percentage of the inkjet cartridge is recycled?

The average recycling rate of these plastics is more than 90% and sometimes this can be as high as 100%. The recycled plastics are used in new products, such as toys and plastic furniture. The remaining plastic that is not recycled (approx 10%) is re-used for energy recovery. No part of the cartridge goes to landfill.

Why can’t I send other (non-Canon) cartridges to you, as you have an established recycling programme?

Our inkjet cartridge recycling programme is provided for the return of genuine Canon inkjet cartridges only. We cannot accept cartridges from other manufacturers because we could not confirm the composition of the materials and inks used in order to remain legally compliant. Please contact your cartridge manufacturer for further information on the recycling services they provide.

Why can’t I find my country in the list?

We regret that Canon is not yet offering a return solution for inkjet cartridges in your country. Please dispose of your inkjet cartridges through your local recycling facilities.

Canon Inkjet Cartridge Recycling Programme - Feedback

We hope that our website and FAQs contain all the information that you will need regarding the Canon inkjet cartridge recycling programme. If you still have any questions or comments regarding the programme please feel free to contact us using the feedback form below. Please provide as much information as possible to enable us to help you best with your enquiry.

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