I have been working with a great company called Cartridges for Kids for about 3 years now. They recycle the following items:
ink jet cartridges
laser jet cartridges
lap top computers
Video game consoles
Over the last 3 and a half years, we have earned over $3000 recycling items that would most likely end up in a landfill somewhere. Proceeds benefit the library and computer lab. More importantly, the program gives me an on-going opportunity to talk to students (and staff and parents) about the importance of taking care of the environment.
Did you know that it take 1000 years for a laserjet cartridge to decompose? and that a quart and a half of oil can be saved when one of these large cartridges is reycyled?
The program is easy, there's no counting or sorting required. Older students or a parent can help. One phone call and FedEx arrives to pick up you boxes free of charge.
We now also have several corporate sponsors who recycle directly from the workplace, with the proceeds credited to our school account.
You can find out more by visiting their website at www.cartridgesforkids.com or call 1-800-420-0235. Tell them Chris Crawford in Gorham, Maine recommended them. The are a great company to work with.