Ink cartridge recycling benefits teens

2010-02-16 08:39:19

Published on 2010-02-16 08:39:19

Teenagers in a small US town are recycling ink cartridges to raise money for their local youth centre

Teenagers in the town of Ridgefield, Connecticut are continuing to collect used ink cartridges in an effort to raise money for their local youth centre.

The 'Barnies', so named for their local teen centre The Barn, have been working for months to raise money to save their centre, which has had to cut back on opening hours in a bid to save diminishing funds, according to the Ridgefield Press.

Ink cartridges represent a great way for the teens to make money, local organisers have said, as thousands of the units are thrown away each year and ink cartridges can be easily recycled, reducing waste and the risk of chemical leakage at landfill sites.

The Barnies have so far collected 235 ink cartridges and 48 toner cartridges, raising a total of $379 (£241.99) for their teen centre.

They got the idea after local youth commission member Frank Orzechowski, who works at a local ink cartridge vendor, suggested it.

By Elaine Richard

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