The easiest green fundraiser -
Recycle ink cartridges to raise funds
Recycling printer cartridges has to be one of the easiest ways to raise funds for all sorts of charity groups whilst also helping the environment.
The simple answer is that it is the responsible thing to do. Estimates vary but currently:
But the average printer cartridge can be re-used between 3 - 7 times.
But for fundraisers the very best reason to recycle is.....
We can use them to raise funds!
There are 2 main sorts of ink cartridge that can be recycled:
Laser cartridges - These come from larger printers. The sort you get in many offices. They are generally quite expensive. It used to be difficult to recycle these but most recycling companies will take them nowadays.
Home printer cartridges - These are the small ink cartridges generally found in home printers. They are sometimes known as inkjet or bubblejet cartridges.They can be single inks or combinations. There are a variety of different shapes and sizes but nearly all can be recycled.
There are 2 common ways for ink cartridge recycling to work as a fundraiser:
Well there is certainly no shortage of companies after your custom ( a simple Google search will turn up dozens) so make sure you shop around for the best deal.
Many of these companies will be at pains to stress their Green or Charity credentials. Thats Ok but don't forget that the majority of these are also commercial operations who are also interested in turning a profit.
Choose the company that works best for your organisation and not based on their claims to be the greenest, the number one, the best for charity, the one reccommended by the local authority, the one that advises major national charities etc.
The important thing with setting up an ink cartridge recycling scheme is making sure that people know about it. Ensure that you advertise yours well on posters, flyers, newsletters and websites.
Custom made posters will attract attention far more than simply relying on one of the generic posters that some of the recycling companies supply ( to which you just write the name of your organisation in the appropriate box).
If you are using collection boxes / bins make sure that they are somewhere obvious. You need to make it as easy as possible.
Good places for cartridge donation boxes are:
The recycling companies will sometimes provide boxes or bins but make sure that you cover them with details about your organisation and who will benefit from donated print cartridges. It is also important to monitor such collection boxes regularly: not just to collect any donations but also to ensure that they are kept in the right place and do not look scruffy.
If you can arrange for a dedicated person to take responsibility for the collection box and be a champion for it so much the better. One of the advantages of ink cartridge recycling is that a supporter can sometimes take the idea into their place of work and set up a collection point which will greatly increase the number of donations.
Report your success - The best way to remind people to use the collection bins is to report back regularly on how much money they are bringing in for your organisation and to thank people for their efforts.
Download this PDF poster (A4 Size) and simply add the name of your organisation at the bottom to begin collecting printer cartridges
Recycling ink cartridges really is a great way to raise funds for any organisation. Setting up a good collection system and making it work for your group will add a regular amount of income to any groups fundraising activities