Don't Throw Away That Empty Cartridge
Recycle inkjets for cash: How booster clubs can use ink-jet recycling programs to generate funds.
By the staff at Empties 4 Cash
Recycling waste materials help to conserve our natural resources and save energy, while preventing further pollution caused by extracting and processing raw materials. It's also an easy way to raise money a year-round basis without taking up a lot of time or energy.
TRASH TO TREASURE
It takes almost three ounces of oil to produce a brand new cartridge and over 10 centuries (that's more than 1,000 years) for the plastic in these inkjets to decompose.
Considering that hundreds of millions of new cartridges are being produced while just as many cartridges are being thrown into the landfills, imagine what can be save if those cartridges are recycled. Instead of creating waster, recycling empty ink cartridges allows people to conserve valuable resources and energy, save money, and reduce pollution all by re-manufacturing these used cartridges.
Recycling can also be financially rewarding. For the most part, there is no cost to participate in an inkjet-recycling programjust money to be raised. Most of us have inkjet printers at home or work. Next time when you have an empty cartridge, don't throw it away. Just put it in a Ziploc bag or the original cartridge box and bring it to your booster club's designated drop-off site. (Most companies will supply a special recycle box.)
Finding empty ink cartridges is simple. You can also get them from friends, neighbors, and even small businesses in your community. On average, a person uses two cartridges a year--the potential is huge.
Benefits to the booster club:
- Booster clubs can be paid up to $4 for each cartridge with a print head
- Prompt cash payment for the club when a filled box is sent
- Free boxes...free shipping. no cost!
Benefits to the community:
- Reduce pollution. Cartridges do not decompose for 1,000 years
- Save energy. Empty ones can be remanufactured and reused
- No buying, no selling, no burden to anyone
- Cartridges with a print head most likely will qualified for payment. Common print includes most of Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Compaq, Canon, Dell, Brother, and Apple
- Cartridges without a print head do not qualify for payment. That includes all Epson
- If you cannot tell the difference, bring it in anyway.
Everybody helps. Everyone wins. You can make a difference.
For more information about Empties4Cash's recycling programs, visit: www.empties4cash.com.