We’re giving away 100 printers!
Calling all Eco-schools, sign up
and win a printer for your school!
We are running a brand new competition in conjunction with Eco-schools! From 24th April 2017 all ‘new’ schools that sign up to run Empties Please as their ‘Waste’ Topic with Eco-schools have the chance to win one of 100 printers for their school!
Here’s how to enter …
- Sign your school up to our scheme (click the link on the right)
- Quote ‘Eco-schools comp’ in the ‘How did you hear about us’ box on the sign up form **
- We’ll send you a welcome pack, recycle bins and recycle bags to get you up and running
- Fill your recycle bin with cartridges we can recycle (click the links below to download our PDF’s)
- Return your full bin to us
- The first 100 Eco-schools to return a full bin with recyclable contents will bag a brand new printer for their school!
Click here > Toners accepted for recycling with Empties Please
**Please ensure you do quote ‘Eco-schools comp’ in the ‘How did you hear about us’ box on the application form, it is the last box on the form. We need this information so we can keep a record of all the entrants and allocate the prizes.
Terms and conditions –
- Only available for Eco-schools that sign up from the 24th April 2017
- Schools must raise a minimum of £10 to receive a printer
- Printer brands may vary
- 1 printer per school
Our School Recycling Scheme
- Help your school and pupils to become greener by recycling
- Raise funds for your school
- Qualify for extra ‘Eco Gifts’ for your school through our recycling scheme
- Call us on 0844 879 7179
- To be involved with Empties Please and Eco-Schools scroll down to the Eco-Schools section
We specialise in recycling used ink cartridges. Our aim is to help schools raise funds and to encourage the next generation to get greener! We will collect your used printer cartridges and donate the money raised straight back to your school.
Our recycling scheme is really simple and easy to run …
- We’ll set up your account and email you a welcome pack
- We’ll supply you with a set of recycle bins and some school recycle bags for the children to take home
- There are posters in your welcome pack to display in and around your school
- Promote your scheme through social media, newsletters and your website
- Once your bin is full contact ‘Empties Please’ to arrange a free return and drop off a new recycle bin
- We process the cartridges at our warehouse
- We send you a certificate and make the payment directly to your school or PTA
‘FREE Eco Gifts’ for your school!…
Along side raising school funds we also run an ‘Eco Project’ designed to get your pupils outside and learning about their local environment and wildlife. As well as every £1 you raise we give you an additional ‘Green Point’ these points can be redeemed for ‘Green Goodies’ for your school, such as bulbs, trees, butterfly boudoirs, bird houses, hedgehog houses, bug boxes, toad hides, vegetable / herb seed packs, garden equipment, gardening tools, bird tables and feeders, bat boxes even sponsoring an endangered species of your choice and rain forest conservation projects too! There is so much to choose from!
And a little bit of extra help from us!…
Cartridges can be collected from anywhere, school, home, work, clubs, friends and family.
If parents would like to take a bin to work on behalf of your school we can supply a pack for them to do so. This is a great way of boosting the money raised. You could also ask local businesses to display a bin for you, do you have a local shop, bank or business that could help?
Empties Please have teamed up with Eco-Schools and Keep Britain Tidy!
You can now run your Empties Please recycling scheme as your ‘Waste’ project, one of the Eco-schools 9 topics. There are 3 awards you can work towards, bronze, silver and the Green Flag Award. For more information on Eco-schools, please visit their website and get involved! –
What we pay for your INK cartridges…
On 1st June 2016, In-line with current market values, we are introducing a variable price list for empty ink cartridges returned. Some values have increased above the £1 previously offered, and some have decreased.
Unfortunately due to the age of certain cartridges we are no longer able to offer any money for them.
If your cartridge is not on our pricelist, unfortunately we are unable to accept them. (Please visit your manufacturer’s website for more information on recycling these cartridges or contact your retailer – Inks and toners are now covered by the WEEE directive and retailers have a responsibility to provide a collection service for inks and toners that they have sold.)
We can now recycle ‘ANY ORIGINAL HP’ branded toner from 4th May 2017.
We also accept some ‘ORIGINAL BRANDED’ toners from Manufacturers Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, Kyocera, Lexmark, OKI, Samung and Xerox. To see if we can accept your original branded toner, they must be on our ‘Toners Accepted for recycling’ list. Unfortunately we are unable to recycle ANY compatible or remanufactured Toner Cartridges. (Please contact your local council to see how you should dispose of these cartridges)
We pay 50p per branded toner we can recycle.
(Payments for returned recycle bins will be made for values of £5 and over, any bins returned with a value of less than £5 will have the amount added to their account and paid once a single bin return has exceeded £5 in total)
To view our current pricelist and accepted Ink Cartridge list > Click here
To view our current ‘Toners Accepted for Recycling List’ > Click here
Testimonials from our schools…
We encouraged everyone at school to try and get their workplaces engaged, but most importantly we posted the recycle bags through the letterboxes of villagers – we had a great response to our call to support our tiny school. I’d like to say how easy empties only made the whole process – I’ve been really impressed by the company and support. Many thanks, we’re delighted!
Nikki, Thrussington CE Primary School, Leicester May 2017
We are Beaudesert Lower School in Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire, and have been registered with Empties Please since 2012. The whole recycling process is very easy to use, from registration through to returning the boxes of cartridges and then getting payment. We have placed our collection box in the school foyer and have some posters on the wall telling parents which cartridges can be recycled. We also send out flyers bi-annually in all the children’s bags to remind the parents that we are collecting and that anything donated can really help the school finances.
To date we have raised just short of £600 and our latest collection we raised £242! In 2014 we redeemed our green points and ordered a giant butterfly tower for the school and we are using our last cheque to help fund a Xmas Panto trip for the whole school this December.
Beaudesert Lower School, Leighton Buzzard, October 2016
Perfect way for your PTA’s to make money from something that people throw away. Helps the planet by recycling the cartridges and toners and the school can benefit from the money and Green Reward Points that are earned when your total amount money is calculated. Green Reward Points are a great fun reward for the children. Once filled your full box of branded toners or cartridges is either dropped off at a local shop to be picked up by courier or picked up from school, it couldn’t be easier. Then just wait for the cheque!
Since we started recycling in September 2014, we have raised £961.25.
Mark Burge – Mayfield Primary School PTA, Lancashire, September 2016
“In just over 6 months we raised £258.50! Empties please has been one of the most successful fundraisers that we have ever been involved with. Thank you Empties Please!”
Alison Wilkinson, Highfields Community Primary School, Nantwich, Cheshire.
“We take part in a number of recycling projects with great success but none more so than the initiative to recycle ink cartridges which we raised a staggering £146 for our first bin.”
Sharon Barton, Leftwich Primary School, Cheshire
Recycling is important to us at our school and we have several recycling schemes that children/parents are keen to support. The most successful one is ‘Empties Please’ where we have raised £174.50 with our first bin within school. A few parents have also helped us to add to that total by signing up the company they work for which so far as raised £146.25, giving an amazing total of £320.75. We are delighted with this success, simply by recycling ink cartridges that people would just throw away, with a strong and clear message to all our children/parents of the importance and benefits of recycling.
Everyone within school has really embraced this scheme with many children coming and asking for more recycling bags. Several classes have run various topics emphasizing the importance of recycling all our waste, teaching children how waste can be remanufactured and converted into new materials, cutting down the waste which is sent to landfill. Our children are very keen to play their part in protecting the environment and we all enjoy the benefits of being able to raise money for school too.
‘Empties Please’ provide everything you need to run this successful and vital recycling scheme and your school can play a part in protecting our environment with the added benefit of raising much needed funds for school too. It’s so easy, just give it a go!
Thank you Empties Please, we look forward to continuing with this project for many more years!
Christine Sowerby, PTFA Chairperson, Darton Primary, March 2013
Recent School Articles
Empties Please attends PTA-UK launch
Over £18,000 donated to good causes!
Congratulations to Ethan Hindley of Holly Primary School, Mansfield who is the winner of our Free Pupils Prize Draw!
Empties Please would like to introduce The Nantwich Pumas football team!
Top Tip for January and the new school term!
Highfields Community Primary School in Nantwich are well under way with their recycling scheme and are just deciding how to spend their green points!
Well done to Mossley C of E Primary School in Congleton who have 2 parents request recycle bins for their workplaces.
Congratulations to Leftwich Primary School in Cheshire who raised £146 from their first full recycle bin!