1) It’s money that’s waiting to be spent.

Whether you’ve gone paperless or you’ve recently upgraded the office printer, those surplus cartridges aren’t doing you any favors just sitting around your home or office. Isn’t it time to earn a little extra pocket money?

2) Our barter system ensures that you’ll get the best deal.

We use a unique bartering system that allows you to create an offer for your cartridges. Once we reach an agreement, that’s it. Just send your items and leave the rest to us. We guarantee that you won’t be able to find a better offer elsewhere.

3) New, used, discontinued—we buy it all.

Whether the cartridges you want to sell are new or unused, we buy them. We even buy discontinued printer products. And if you’re even unsure, feel free to ask us. Chances are we’ll be able to take it off your hands.

4) And that’s not all we do. We buy printers and other electronics.

What do you do with your printer once your office decides to go paperless? You certainly shouldn’t chuck it in the nearest dumpster. You’re more responsible than that. We can’t spin straw into gold, but we can take your forgotten electronics and spin them into cash.

5) We treat Mother Earth well.

Even though we don’t buy them, if you have used and empty cartridges, you can send them to us for proper recycling. We’ve always done our best to minimize our carbon footprint and we’ll help you do the same.

6) You need to spring clean anyway.

It’s easy to move items from room to room every spring, especially when you don’t know what to do with them. This year, make a goal to get rid of the things you’re not using, especially if they can put money in your pocket. It’s like getting paid to clean your house or office!

7) It’s tax season.

We’ve all seen H&R Block’s “Get Your Billions Back” ad campaigns. Why not get your money back for the unused cartridges you’ve been hoarding since before you can remember? Supplement that tax refund or—and we hope this isn’t the case—earn a little extra money to be able to pay your taxes. Either way, you deserve a break this season.

8) We make things painless.

With our unique barter system, you’ll usually receive an offer the same day you request it. We also pay shipping (in most cases). And we send your payment as soon as we receive and inspect your items. Easy peasy.

9) We know this business like the back of our hands—and people know us.

75 years’ combined experience in the industry goes a long way. We make it our top priority to maintain excellent relationships with all of our clients, big and small. Over the years, we’ve purchased over 100,000 cartridges and we’re not slowing down any time soon.

10) Did we mention the money?

Honestly, do we need to mention this again? Well, we’ll do it anyway: Get paid for your unused ink and toner cartridges. It couldn’t be any simpler than that.

Here in Utah, we’re enjoying some atypical but very welcome warm weather. Though it’s not quite spring, the temperatures and blue sky are putting us in mind of everything that traditionally comes with the season. That includes spring cleaning.

It’s never too early to get a jump on spring cleaning, especially around the office where you need to keep things nice and organized. And you’re sure to find all kinds of long-lost treasures once you begin to tackle drawers and closets that have been neglected for months. When you come across empty cartridges, it’s important to remember that there’s a proper way and a not-so-proper way to recycle your used ink and toner cartridges. (Here’s a hint: Throwing away used ink and toner cartridges isn’t recycling. It’s wasteful and harmful to the environment.)

Fortunately, you have a few options when it comes time to recycle your empties.

Some organizations will pay for used and empty cartridges. All it takes is a quick Internet search. If you choose to go this route, however, make sure that the company accepts the cartridges you’re trying to sell. This is especially important if you’ll be shipping them, otherwise you might end up eating the postage. When you do ship, make sure to pack cartridges with recyclable and bio-degradable materials.

If you want to give back to your community, consider donating empty ink cartridges to local organizations such as schools, churches, or libraries, who can then sell the cartridges for a profit. This can be an eco-friendly way to get rid of your empties while helping out the local community. When you donate, make sure to place ink and toner cartridges in sealed bags since excess ink can sometimes leak.

It’s also helpful to know in advance where to send your empties. When you first buy ink and toner cartridges, find out if the store you bought them from accepts empty cartridges. Some stores may offer in-store credit or rewards, or even cash for the empties. Also, be sure to check the packaging of any new cartridges that you buy, since some companies provide instructions on how to send empty ones back. They may even include pre-paid postage.

And, as always, if you can’t find a place that will accept your specific cartridges, you can send them to us. While we don’t pay, we’ll happily (and properly) recycle them for you. Just promise us that whatever you do, you won’t throw them away.

The traditional office is rigid. The traditional office is static. The traditional office has wires running throughout it. The traditional office is dead. This is all goes without mentioning that, as a recent article from The Economist points out, traditional offices encourage sedentary workers and obstruct airflow and natural light (due to high cubicle walls). They even point out that the fabric of cubicles creates petri dishes of sickness. And who wants to work in that kind of environment? Companies are answering the call for updates and adapting to create workspaces that inspire healthier, happier, and more productive employees.

The UK’s City A.M. recently put out an article that calls for the death of the office desk altogether in the name of saving space and as a means of attracting future employees. Millennials are techy-savvy and want to work in spaces that don’t constrain creativity. Interesting, too, is City A.M.’s observation that 20 years ago, the desk was a sign of power. That’s no longer the case as companies look to inspire progress by breaking down barriers of prejudice.

Traditional technology is compact. And offices are following suit. Intel—who have long promoted forward-thinking company structure and employee collaboration without ego—is now championing a movement toward mobility and saying that it’s time for work without wires. The company is set to introduce its fifth-generation Core vPro processor which features two new functions including wireless display (for better presentation sharing) and wireless docking (to connect laptops to larger display, keyboard, and mouse). Tom Garrison, general manager of Intel’s business client platforms has said that Intel aims to “transform the user experience by helping them compute from virtually anywhere without the clutter and burden of wires.”

Cloud technology is killing paper and, by extension, the printer. Laptops and tablets are killing wires. Remember that article from The Economist? They’re on to something. They argue that “What workers need from their offices has long been clear. A flexible workspace that encourages movement, combined with mobile technology, could finally liberate them from the cubicle farm—but only if employers pay heed to the evidence, rather than the short-term savings. Even cubicles were Utopian before the accountants took over.”

The modern office is flexible and agile. The modern office is mobile. The modern office has much fewer wires. And the modern office is forward-thinking. So what does that mean for all the clunky machines that have been around since the early 80s? In the name of creating a collaborative space, a space that breathes, and a space that inspires creativity (instead of suffocating it), companies are getting rid of computers and printers in droves. It’s a movement that we champion and like to see done the right way. Just like the modern office, we’re adapting.

Ah, January. The holiday decorations have come down, resolutions have been made, and we’re already thinking about summer barbecues and laying on the beach. Some of those resolutions may have been to upgrade office equipment or to throw out devices that aren’t getting used. Or maybe – and very likely – you received one or two gifts that rendered other models or versions obsolete. What, then, do you do with that grossly outdated iPhone 5S?

E-waste is everywhere, and it’s a problem that’s running rampant. Most common among devices that people discard in January are computers and phones, but e-waste can entail pretty much anything with a cord. Among gadgets that become obsolete thanks to spiffing new all-in-one devices are DVD players, answering machines, video game consoles, printers, and digital cameras. And people are simply throwing them out, sometimes even leaving them on the side of the road.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), from 2000 to 2012, the total amount of e-waste rose from 1.9 million to 3.42 million tons. Monitors with cathode ray tubes (CRTs) contain lead, chromium, nickel, zinc, mercury, and other toxic heavy metals that can leach into ground water. E-waste isn’t just environmentally harmful, either. The EPA calculates that recycling just one million cellphones could yield as much as 50 pounds of gold, 550 pounds of silver, 20 pounds of palladium, and 20,000 pounds of copper.

Improperly disposing of electronic devices not only has environmental consequences, but it’s something that could get you in legal trouble. In fact, a new law in New York State now requires consumers and businesses to recycle all e-waste. And they’re not alone. Some 23 states have now passed some form of law that requires people to recycle their old electronics.

Now’s the time to rethink some of those resolutions, or at least how to carry them out. Go easy on the environment this year and remember to recycle your old devices and electronics.

No doubt you’ve come across an ink cartridge or two when spring cleaning your home or office. Maybe you or your office manager went a bit overboard and bought too much ink in bulk. Maybe you upgraded to a new printer that uses a different brand or size of cartridges. Either way, now you’re not using the ink and you could really use the drawer space for other things. You’re not alone.

Over 65 million ink-using machines saturate the world marketplace today, and Americans alone use hundreds of millions of ink and toner cartridges every year. Even in an increasingly paperless world, that’s still a lot of ink that gets used. But here’s the kicker: Roughly 25% of those machines are replaced by newer models and better technology each year. That renders a lot of cartridges obsolete.

So what happens to all of that unused ink? Sadly, much of it – around 70%, in fact – ends up in landfills. Many people don’t realize how harmful ink can be to the environment. The plastic used in toner cartridges can take up to 1,000 years to degrade. And toner ink is considered hazardous waste, with black toner labeled as a carcinogen. Think of the horrific collateral damage that can cause.

But there’s a solution, even for your used and empty cartridges. Before you start throwing used and unused containers into the wastebasket willy-nilly, consider the smarter, environmentally-friendly alternatives. Ink and toner cartridges are almost 97% recyclable. In fact, for every 100,000 cartridges that are recycled, we can save the earth from having to degrade 9.5 tons of aluminum, 40 tons of plastic, and 1 million liters of oil.

We buy your unused ink and recycle used and empty cartridges.

You have several options when it comes to disposing of used and unused ink and toner cartridges. Why not do the responsible thing? Give Mother Earth a break and earn some money while doing it. We’ll buy your unused ink at competitive prices. As the holidays approach, who couldn’t use the extra cash? And instead of discarding or returning used and empty cartridges like many other companies, we’ll recycle the materials. Visit selltoner.com or call us today to find out what we can do for you.