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Refill and reuse: Don’t throw away your ink cartridges

These days, it seems almost every household item can and should be recycled. Today’s environmental offender: ink cartridges. According to Lyra Research, more than 1 million inkjet cartridges end up in landfills daily, adding 60,000 tons of industrial-grade plastic each year.

That’s why a number of companies and retailers are offering cartridge refill services to save you money and help the environment:

Walgreens will refill cartridges from Dell, HP, Lexmark, Okidata, Primera, Sharp and Xerox for 12.99;

Costco refills HP, Canon, Lexmark and Dell cartridges for either $7.99 or $9.99. Click here < http://costcoinkjetrefill.com/pricing > for pricing information;

• Ink-O-Dem’s cartridge refill service promises savings of up to 50% over original inkjet cartridges. The service is available at Walgreens, Cartridge World, Hi-School Pharmacy, Westlake Ace Hardware and other major chains. Click here for a list of inkjet cartridges Ink-O-Dem will refill, and check out the company’s Twitter page for Free Ink Day locations; or

• Refill cartridges yourself with any of these refill kits on Amazon.com.

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