I have a large format printer. I use it to make my own art prints. It takes nine ink cartridges. Plus, I have a regular printer, and it takes two so that's a total of eleven ink cartridges that I change in and out on a regular basis.
I used to mail the old ink cartridges back in to be recycled, but then they quit sending me the prepaid envelopes to do that. So then I started paying the postage myself to mail them back. I did that like twice before I decided the extra expense was ridiculous. Only, I couldn't bring myself to just throw away the old, empty ink cartridges. I tried, but I couldn't. I just couldn't.
I know I'm crazy but the guilt, y'all.
No can do.
So I didn't want to pay to return those suckers, but my weirdo self wouldn't allow for them to be thrown out, and thus began The Great Cartridge Hoard of 2012-2013. I just started stacking them on my desk, stuffing them in drawers, filling up boxes, shoving them under the furniture... It was out of control!!!
My saving grace. I was in there buying shipping supplies one day when I noticed a sign about their ink cartridge recycling program. Aha!!! Not only did they take those pesky ink cartridges off my hands, but they paid me $2 a pop for each one!
Well, sort of. Here's the deal.
1. You have to be a MaxPerks Rewards customer. This is no biggie. It's free and you just sign up, think Kroger
2. The $2 reward per ink cartridge comes in the form of store credit. Again, no biggie. That place is like a mini
3. You can only earn credit for up to 10 cartridges per month. This, I'm sure, is plenty fine for most people!
I have yet to purge my entire graveyard of ink cartridges, but now every time I come across one, instead of cringing in horror, I'm all like SWEET! Two bucks!