Individuals who are keen to improve their green credentials have been urged to recycle their empty ink cartridges.

Deputy reviews editor at PC Pro magazine David Bayon explained this could be a crucial part of reducing the "huge environmental impact" the printing sector can have.

He noted: "Many people don't even realise their technology can be recycled just like any other household item."

Mr Bayon explained recycling centres will be happy to accept empty ink supplies – even if they appear to be old and worthless – as there are several components that can be reused, which reduces the amount of material sent to landfill.

This could be greatly beneficial, as recent research by O2 estimated electronic items worth £762 million are sent to landfill in the UK every year, the Independent reported.

Individuals may not even have to haul their supplies to waste disposal themselves, as Mr Bayon observed there are several organisations that will accept them via post, with people able to request pre-paid envelopes to send off their ink cartridges.