Profit from collecting and donating printer cartridges
We can offer a range of collection systems for empty printer ink and toner cartridges. Whichever system you decide to use, you always benefit from the following advantages:
We provide collection boxes and handle pick-up and recycling for empty cartridges. The entire service is free of charge.
The various collection systems offer cash payments or bonus points for reusable empty cartridges.
We ensure the environmentally friendly disposal of cartridges that cannot be reused.
Getting kids on board with the Sammeldrache
Do you run or work at a school or nursery school and are interested in collecting empty printer cartridges? Get your kids on board by joining the “Sammeldrache” project and ordering our free Green Eco Box.
Participating schools and nursery schools not only help to protect our environment and climate, but also earn some valuable rewards – such as study materials and sports equipment.
Interseroh Product Cycle Box – simple, fast and fair
Does your business generate large quantities of empty cartridges from inkjet and laser printers, faxes or franking machines? If so, the Interseroh Product Cycle Box is the ideal solution. We pay an attractive cash reward for every cartridge that can be reused.
Caritas and co. – collecting for charity
Does your company want to support a charitable organisation as sponsor or fundraiser? Use our boxes to collect your empty printer cartridges and you can help protect the environment while also showing social responsibility. Choose from one of the following systems:
- Caritas Box: We have been running a successful collection campaign with Caritas Germany for many years now. Caritas Box collectors help to support important projects in the community.
- Balthasar Box: Companies using the Balthasar Box to collect empty printer cartridges support the Balthasar Hospice for Children and Young People in Olpe.
- pro familia Box: With the pro familia Box, you can support the family planning services provided by pro familia in Passau.
- Green Eco Box: Schools and nursery schools can use this collection system to earn rewards in the form of school equipment.
For all of the above options, you will receive a cash reward or bonus points for a full box of the specified cartridges. Fundraising couldn’t be easier!
Buy-back and sales – quality is our watchword
We also buy and sell empty printer cartridges internationally. If you are a company looking to sell large volumes of cartridges, we will pay you a good price for each and every reusable cartridge.
Refillers and manufacturers can also purchase empty printer cartridges from us: we offer top quality at a fair price.
Do you have another good cause in mind that could be supported by collecting printer cartridges? We will work with you to create your very own box – just email us.
Our expert for
The reuse of printer cartridges
Customer Service | INTERSEROH Product Cycle GmbH
Frequent questions of our customers
- How can I participate in the collection campaign?
Simply register by email, fax or online. It costs nothing to take part and there are no obligations. Your chosen number of collection boxes will be shipped to you within one week. Use this link to contact us.
- What are ink cartridges and drum units?
Ink cartridges and drum units are the consumables used by printers, faxes or franking machines that are used to apply the ink or toner powder the machines use to paper or other media. Laser drum units contain a photoconductor drum (like a glass roller) under a flap. Ink jet cartridges are equipped with an electronic chip (rather like a SIM card). These shouldn’t be confused with ink tanks or toner cartridges (also known as refill cartridges or waste toner boxes).
- What are ink tanks and toner cartridges?
Ink tanks are not equipped with an electronic chip (no PCB or print head). Toner cartridges are bottle-/pipe-like containers that are typically found only in (heavy-duty) copiers and do not contain any electronic parts. Ink tanks and toner cartridges are not collected and should be disposed of in household waste.
- What goes in the collection box?
Ink cartridges and drum units from printers, faxes or franking machines can be dropped in the collection box. If possible, wrap cartridges and drum units in their original protective film beforehand.
- What should NOT be put in the box?
- Ink tanks (without PCB/print head)
- Toner-only cartridges (bottle-/pipe-like containers)
- Printer ribbons
- Office supplies
- Electrical/electronic waste
- Plastic parts
- Cardboard packaging
- Batteries (rechargeable/non-rechargeable)
- Food scraps
- … nor any other rubbish!
- Can drum units be put into the box along with their packaging?
No, please drop drum units in the box without any packaging. Note: Pack the drum units in the original protective film to avoid soiling the box with toner. The enclosed foil sack is another way to avoid getting the box dirty.
- Can batteries also be dropped in the Green Eco Box?
No. The box must not be used for collecting batteries. Other collection systems are available (e.g. the GRS take-back system for batteries).
- What happens to cartridges/drums that cannot be reused?
Cartridges/drums that cannot be reused are either recycled or used in energy recovery, although recycling is the preferred approach. Recycled items are taken apart and their raw materials are stripped out for use in manufacturing new products, while rejected cartridges/drums marked for energy recovery are used as fuel in power generation plants.
- What’s a good place for a collection box?
To avoid collection of the wrong items or theft, the box should preferably be placed in the secretary’s or caretaker’s office. Always make sure that the box is placed in a dry, well-protected and easily accessible location. Please ensure that the collection box doesn’t block any fire exits.
Boxes can also be set up at a sponsor company – we’ll need you to provide us with details of the address and a company contact. The sponsor company is free to register using our Contact page.
- How can box pick-up or delivery be organised?
You can request free delivery of your boxes by fax, phone or online. The new box will be shipped to you within a week by the GLS parcels service. When the box is full, you just hand it to the next GLS driver to call (e.g. on delivery of a new box). Use this link to contact us.
- Can phones be dropped in the box?
Yes: our boxes are also used to collect used, fully functional smartphones for which you will also be paid.