Recycled Ink Cartridges Part of Scottish Initiative

2010-07-22 15:38:55

Published on 2010-07-22 15:38:55

Recycled printer ink cartridges are an integral part of a new recycling strategy launched by a Scottish port.

Lerwick port has developed an Environmental Management System (EMS) that focuses on delivering on environmental standards whilst remaining consistent in its commercial remit, according to It has become the first Scottish port authority to be environmentally certified to an internationally-recognised standard.

The recycling programme has included ink cartridges, metal wire, anchors, batteries, oil drums, aerosol and paint tins, the news provider said. The port has reported an eight per cent rise in motor fleet fuel efficiency, a 26 per cent drop in electricity consumption, a 30.5 tonne decrease in CO2 emissions and the saving of 31,000 sheets of paper.

Sandra Laurenson, the Port Authority's chief executive, said: "We recognise the tremendous importance of caring for the environment in all aspects of the harbour’s operations and the enthusiasm and commitment of our staff is key to meeting objectives and targets."

According to PRWire, over 350 million empty ink cartridges are sent to waste each year.

Posted by Barry Ashmore.

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