Waste Reduction and Management
Recycle On-Going Consumables

What Is It?

Employers often purchase office consumables, such as toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges, disks, cassettes, and printer ribbons, in large quantities. These consumables can be reused and/or recycled to minimize their impact on the environment.


Recycling consumables slows the amount of waste headed for landfills, and it is an easy thing to do. For example, many manufacturers and distributors accept empty cartridges for both their specific brand and other companies’. Businesses can also take advantage of the rebates offered by these manufacturers and distributors to save cost.

Read more about the benefits of recycling consumables.

Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • A Better City
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Beacon Capital Partners
  • BioMed Realty Trust
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Boston Private Bank
  • Boston Properties, Inc.
  • CB Richard Elllis
  • Community Servings
  • Crittenton Women’s Union
  • Dana-Farber
  • Epiphany School
  • Equity
  • ERG
  • Federal Reserve
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • Forest City
  • Friends of Post Office Square
  • Gillette
  • HNTB
  • Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP
  • John Hancock/Manulife Financial
  • KC Real Estate Management
  • Lincoln Property Company
  • Marriott
  • Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • Meister Consultants
  • New England Aquarium
  • Nixon Peabody
  • Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
  • Peabody Office Furniture
  • Putnam Investments
  • Roxbury Multi Service Center
  • Save that Stuff
  • Seaport Hotel
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • Synergy
  • TD Garden
  • The Chiofaro Company
  • The Colonnade Hotel
  • TRO Jung|Brannen
  • Tsoi/Kobus & Associates
  • Turner Construction
  • Veolia
  • WilmerHale
  • Zoo New England

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates

Additional Resources

Examples of Office Supply Companies that Accept Used Consumables

Directory of Recyclers by Type in Massachusetts


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