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How Do You Dispose Of Bottles Of Ink?


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#1 Hank138

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Posted 12 August 2015 - 00:36

Hello. I am very new to the FPN so forgive me if this is not the right place to raise my question. If the question is already answered elsewhere, please direct me to that place. Thank you.

 

My question: how do you dispose of bottles of ink?

 

I have one nearly full bottle I bought some years ago. I didn't like the color at the first and it has been cluttering my ink drawer for a long time. I also have two bottles of ink that seem to have lost the ability to dry. I can write a whole page and the top of the page will still be wet and will smear if touched. These inks used to dry normally (I think) but at this point they are unusable, (I haven't been able to locate any store that still sells blotting paper.) So, I have two bottles of ink about 1/3 full that I would like to get rid of. Also a friend who gave me a nice old fountain pen also gave me two bottles of ink that are at least 20 years old. I certainly don't want to try to use ink that is so old. So that makes five bottle of ink to dispose of, and several more to come as well as I am close to using up a couple of other bottles.

 

I know that I can just throw the bottles in the trash, but that doesn't seem very ecological. I would recycle the glass, but I doubt that it's a good idea to pour ink down the drain. Or is it? Are inks toxic liquids?

 

Now that I think of it, I suppose I really have two questions: What is the proper way to dispose of bottles of ink? and How do you actually dispose of bottles of ink?

 

Thanks for any thoughts you have.



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Posted 12 August 2015 - 01:19

Generally, fountain pen inks are not toxic.  I would pour the ink down the drain, or onto the ground, over an ant hill (give the little guys some color in their lives).  Save the bottles for future ink use.  


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Posted 12 August 2015 - 01:28

The 20 year old bottles of ink are not necessarily unusable.Try them before getting rid of them.

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Posted 12 August 2015 - 01:36

Hello. I am very new to the FPN so forgive me if this is not the right place to raise my question. If the question is already answered elsewhere, please direct me to that place. Thank you.

 

My question: how do you dispose of bottles of ink?

 

I have one nearly full bottle I bought some years ago. I didn't like the color at the first and it has been cluttering my ink drawer for a long time. I also have two bottles of ink that seem to have lost the ability to dry. I can write a whole page and the top of the page will still be wet and will smear if touched. These inks used to dry normally (I think) but at this point they are unusable, (I haven't been able to locate any store that still sells blotting paper.) So, I have two bottles of ink about 1/3 full that I would like to get rid of. Also a friend who gave me a nice old fountain pen also gave me two bottles of ink that are at least 20 years old. I certainly don't want to try to use ink that is so old. So that makes five bottle of ink to dispose of, and several more to come as well as I am close to using up a couple of other bottles.

 

I know that I can just throw the bottles in the trash, but that doesn't seem very ecological. I would recycle the glass, but I doubt that it's a good idea to pour ink down the drain. Or is it? Are inks toxic liquids?

 

Now that I think of it, I suppose I really have two questions: What is the proper way to dispose of bottles of ink? and How do you actually dispose of bottles of ink?

 

Thanks for any thoughts you have.

 

I definately will try those inks, why waste a chance to try a fortune like that?



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Posted 12 August 2015 - 02:51

Agree with Amber. Sell them or give them to someone who could use them. A vintage ink powder (who knows how old it is) is my favorite ink.



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Posted 12 August 2015 - 07:55

I have a bottle of Skrip B/Bl that was "lost" for at least 30 years. Found It again last month. Great stuff.

The best way to dispose of ink is by giving it to someone who will use it for writing. The PIF idea(ask for postage money) is a great one!
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Posted 12 August 2015 - 08:49

Identify what inks they are (color and brand) and post it here, and see the interested members post. :)



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Posted 12 August 2015 - 08:52

20 years is not old for ink. Pre-WWII is old.

 

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Posted 12 August 2015 - 14:37

PIF is a good idea, or if you belong to a pen group maybe they have an ink/sample sharing programme.  At times I just give away my unwanted bottles of current ink.  On occasion I have been known to dump it on the ground (I own a large sandy lot) if I want to reuse the bottle for another ink.


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Posted 12 August 2015 - 16:02

If you liked the inks before I'd try Amber's advice to add water to it. You may not remember what the volume was before you stopped using them, but if they have become so concentrated that they don't dry anymore, my guess would be you could at least double the ink volume by adding just water (clean or distilled would be best). Let stand for a time, shake well after adding water, and use!

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Posted 12 August 2015 - 20:03

Adding a little water may restore an ink. You may find someone who is interested in them also.

 

When I do choose to dump out an ink, I do so down the sink while washing dishes. It's only ever a bottle at a time, and very rarely done. 


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Posted 12 August 2015 - 22:43

Adding a little water may restore an ink. You may find someone who is interested in them also.

 

When I do choose to dump out an ink, I do so down the sink while washing dishes. It's only ever a bottle at a time, and very rarely done. 

 

Oh, Waski, you are falling into evil ways! PIF it.


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Posted 12 August 2015 - 23:20

Hello. I am very new to the FPN so forgive me if this is not the right place to raise my question. If the question is already answered elsewhere, please direct me to that place. Thank you.
 
My question: how do you dispose of bottles of ink?
 
I have one nearly full bottle I bought some years ago. I didn't like the color at the first and it has been cluttering my ink drawer for a long time. I also have two bottles of ink that seem to have lost the ability to dry. I can write a whole page and the top of the page will still be wet and will smear if touched. These inks used to dry normally (I think) but at this point they are unusable, (I haven't been able to locate any store that still sells blotting paper.) So, I have two bottles of ink about 1/3 full that I would like to get rid of. Also a friend who gave me a nice old fountain pen also gave me two bottles of ink that are at least 20 years old. I certainly don't want to try to use ink that is so old. So that makes five bottle of ink to dispose of, and several more to come as well as I am close to using up a couple of other bottles.
 
I know that I can just throw the bottles in the trash, but that doesn't seem very ecological. I would recycle the glass, but I doubt that it's a good idea to pour ink down the drain. Or is it? Are inks toxic liquids?
 
Now that I think of it, I suppose I really have two questions: What is the proper way to dispose of bottles of ink? and How do you actually dispose of bottles of ink?
 
Thanks for any thoughts you have.


Give them to someone here who will appreciate them. The non-dryer probably just needs some added water.

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Posted 12 August 2015 - 23:44

For me, whenever I want to get rid of some ink I don't like anymore, I just offer up samples of the ink to others! Fountain pen ink should be non-toxic and fine to dump down most drains. 


 


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Posted 12 August 2015 - 23:52

Others have made good suggestions about PIFs, etc.- I'd just add that if you can't find someone in the FP community who would want to try and restore/ use them for writing, perhaps you could find a local artist/ art teacher who could make use of them. I got rid of a few inks that weren't perfect/ I didn't like that way. She even gave me the bottles back! 



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Posted 13 August 2015 - 01:47

I would also say PiF in some method.  Because what you find horrible might be someone else's favorite color.

I gave away an almost full bottle of Platinum Mix-Free Flame Red awhile back.  I thought the color was hideous (think Mercurochrome straight out of the bottle), for those old enough to remember it.  I gave it to someone who is a college professor and he was going to use it for grading.  

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 02:30

 

Oh, Waski, you are falling into evil ways! PIF it.

There are one or two inks which I would never inflict on someone else.


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Posted 13 August 2015 - 03:15

For (slight) amusement, I'll quote the MSDS on a parcel which I received from The Writing Desk containing some ink:

12 Ecological information

Do not dispose of in water ways, wells and sewers.

 

13 Disposal considerations

Dispose in accordance with Federal State, and Local Regulations.

 

Good that I didn't dump a bottle of red ink with SitB down the drain some months ago. /sarcasm

 

Guess I would soak it up in a roll of toilet paper and then get rid of that.


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