CARTRIDGE WORLD DONATES $19,000 TO THE NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION

In December, Cartridge World North America donated $19,040 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). More than 100 Cartridge World stores participated in the fundraising campaign. The non-profit organization will use the donation to offer early detection services and support programs for breast cancer patients.

“According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide – and that impact is felt by everyone, including the Cartridge World family,” said William Swanson, Chief Executive Officer for Cartridge World North America. “Raising funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation is our way of getting involved in our community, raising awareness and giving back for a cause that touches so many of us.”

The NBFC was presented with the donation at its headquarters in Dallas on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. With a mission to save lives through early detection, the NBCF partners with 94 medical facilities to provide free mammograms and diagnostic breast care services to women in need. The foundation also offers multiple educational resources aimed at breast cancer survivors.

“With the support and partnership of Cartridge World, NBCF is able to provide funds to support our mission and programs,” said Brent Hail, Senior VP, Development of the NBCF.

During Cartridge World’s “Round Up for Pink Ink” campaign, more than 125 stores raised funds for the cause, including:

Cartridge World will continue its collaboration with the NBCF to raise funds for the non-profit organization. In the meantime, visit the NBCF website to learn how you can get involved or donate now.

With 600 stores across the U.S. and Canada, Cartridge World is the world’s largest specialty retailer of ink and toner printer cartridges. To learn how much Cartridge World can help you save on printing costs, use our online savings calculator. For more information about Cartridge World’s programs and eco-friendly products, visit www.CartridgeWorld.com or call your local Cartridge World store.

 

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Fun Recycling Facts

Here are a number of fun and interesting recycling facts:

  • It takes 80-100 years for an aluminum can to decompose (break down) in a landfill.
  • Aluminum cans can be recycled into: soda cans, pie plates, license plates, thumbtacks, aluminum foil, and many other items.
  • Recycling one aluminum can can save enough energy to power a tv for up to three hours.
  • In the year 2000, 13,500 aluminum cans were recycled every minute in California.
  • Glass takes over 1,000,000 (one million) years to decompose in a landfill.
  • Glass can be recycled into jars, jewelry, bottles, dishes, drinking glasses, coffee mugs and many other items.
  • It can take up to 700 years for plastic to decompose (break down) in a landfill.
  • PET plastic can be recycled into: clothing, fiberfill for sleeping bags, toys, stuffed animals, rulers and more.

RECYCLE: REUSE INK CARTRIDGES WITH CARTRIDGE WORLD CAMPCREEK

Despite their best efforts, many towns and municipalities have been unable to coax their residents to recycle more than 30% of their waste stream [1]. The problem presented is twofold – some items can simply not be recycled – their design is inherently flawed; other items can be recycled, but it is not convenient to do so. These may be items which the town does not collect directly (batteries and e-waste often fall into this category), and may have to be sent to a transfer station for proper recycling.  Oftentimes, the consumer is away from home when the recyclable item is purchased and used – soft drink plastic bottles and aluminum cans are some examples.

It is important to recycle items even when it is not convenient. Each plastic bottle that is thrown out will spend eternity in a landfill – or worse, it may make its way to our rivers or oceans, where it will join with other floating pieces of plastic in the growing “oceanic garbage patches” which are now found in every ocean on earth.

Many towns, schools and organizations now use single stream recycling, or zero-sort waste to deal with their recyclables. This vastly increases the ease with which people can recycle – in addition, single-stream recycling usually accepts a greater variety of products.  Other tools to boost recycling include banning the pickup of recyclables in the trash, or charging for pickup of trash, while keeping recycling free.

Extended Producer Responsibility or EPR, puts the responsibility for recycling of products back on the companies that produced the product in the first place. This is an excellent practice, since it starts producers thinking about the end life of a product, as well as discouraging the practice of producing disposable or cheap goods.

 

MAKE YOUR WASTE ENERGY

Waste to energy means producing energy from burning trash, and is the least ideal option in our waste-management circle. If done intelligently, waste to energy plants can reduce the volume of garbage going into a landfill by 90% [1], and recoup some of the energy present in the trash. Irresponsible waste incineration, however, can make the toxins present in trash both more mobile and more lethal, further exacerbating the problem of what to do with what we throw away.

Waste to energy still sends some materials – usually ash – to a landfill, where most of our trash is still being buried. Landfills are fraught with environmental problems. These include household and industrial wastes leaking into the ground and contaminating our food and drinking water, the release of greenhouse gasses such as methane, and the permanent loss of valuable materials and nutrients – many of which were just recently dug up out of the ground. The limited and leaky nature of landfills only highlights the old adage – There is no such place as away.

 

THINGS WE ALL CAN DO TO RECYCLE

  • RESUSE
  • Use both sides of your paper before recycling it.
  • Purchase used items when possible instead of buying new ones.
  • Have broken items repaired before buying a new item
  • Sell or donate items instead of throwing them away.
  • Encourage use of non-disposable plates, silverware, and glasses in your school or work cafeteria
  • Send old shoes back to companies like Nike to be reused

LET’S REUSE PRODUCTS WHERE WE CAN!!!

Americans produce a staggering 1600 pounds of trash per person per year. The majority of this trash comes from “durable goods” [1].  Durable goods are what we think of as “stuff” – radios, dvd players, toys, furniture, clothes – all the things that we buy which are often discarded before the end of their useful life.

Reusing materials contributes to a twofold gain – the item doesn’t head to the landfill andthere is no need to purchase a new product.  Furthermore, reusing an item is better than recycling because the process of recycling takes a good deal of energy.

The used clothing store, the second-hand bookshop, and the reclaimed building supply shop all are great examples of places to either purchase or drop off used goods. Often these options are both less expensive for you, as well as less expensive for the planet.