Recycling Of Ink Cartridges Continues To Grow
For a long time, the recycling of products was something done by a few but it seems that is now changing.
As the environment and climate change continue to dominate headlines and stay in people's thoughts, recycling is on the move.
Events are springing up around the world which are all aimed at making recycling not only accessible and easy to do but fun too, whether this is on a large scale or a small-town event.
During last year's ink cartridge recycling project, Homecoming, several Asian nations joined forces to help reuse thousands of ink cartridges but that was industrial, smaller more residential events can make just as much of a difference.
Take a recent event that was held in Texas, to coincide with a big baseball clash, for example.
This will have captured plenty of local interest with residents encouraged to recycle household items such as ink and toner cartridges as well as batteries at the game which saw the Texas Legends face the Iowa Energy at the Dr Pepper Center.
It was the brainchild of Quest Recycling services and it wasn't just recycling that was on the menu, there were plenty of events on the go to keep attendees happy prior to the game.
Zero, the company's robot mascot was present to encourage all the kids present to reduce, reuse and recycle the amount of ink and similar products they use.
On top of this, all the waste and carbon emitted during the game was offset by the planting of trees.
While the tone of the event may have been aimed at being fun and light hearted, the message behind it was a clear one, by encouraging youngsters and parents alike to recycle, the environment can benefit.
It's not just environment either, cutbacks in ink use can also leave family purse strings loosened up too.
The children were certainly the future at another event held in the US, which saw children encouraged to recycle the same sort of products in order to help try and finance an outdoor education trip.
A perfect way to prove how ink cartridge recycling can save money.
This event was held at Lace Elementary School in Illinois and saw pupils recycle the products prior to the school day in order to try and finance the trip, while also being educated in the ways of Mother Earth.
Fifth grade teacher Bob Johnson, told the Darien Patch that annually, the programme collects about 35 to 40 bags of cans, 100 to 120 pounds of batteries, four to five paper boxes of can tabs as well as 75-100 printer cartridges and 100-130 toner cartridges.
He added: "The experience gained by the children is that they know that they can make a difference and, second, that they have a better understanding of how and why we need to recycle."
Parent coordinator Kari Wagner added: “If I can teach kids how important recycling is, that’s what I get out of it.
"That they learn they need to take care of the planet."
It goes to show that not just large-scale industrial projects can make a big difference, small things and event such as these, when done regularly, can help change perceptions too.
They are even more powerful when used to educate younger minds and the next generation of printer and ink users.
If these sorts of events can keep springing up in communities then eventually all ink cartridges could be recycled. This would mean money saved and the environment helped.
Posted by Anya Hawke