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How to Recycle Laser Toner Cartridges and Make Money for Charity?

By: Zohaib on June 24th, 2011

Many people are turning their attention towards charitable good deeds. Companies usually raise money as part of their corporate social responsibility, whereas individuals are charitable out of their own desire to help others in need. In the end, it all boils down to doing the right thing. One way to do charity work is to recycle laser toner cartridges. You help the environment when you recycle laser toner cartridges by preventing landfill sites from overflowing, plus you save money through buy-back offers and, most importantly, you can help out charities.

How can you help charities if you recycle laser toner cartridges?

It’s simple, really. You just have to send the empty laser toner cartridges to a third party manufacturer/recycler, such as GreenTech, stating the charity you’d like to donate and they will do the rest. Alternatively you can donate your empty laser toner cartridges to the charity of your own choice and they’ll sell them to a cartridge recycling company for cash.

Charities who are linked to GreenTech cartridge recycling programme

Most manufacturers support a host of charities, a list of which can be found on their website. For example, GreenTech supports many UK-based charities and is estimated to have paid more than £50,000 to charities in 2010. They also help out a small charity, MedicAid ACTION, based in Lahore, Pakistan. GreenTech will match every donation made to MedicAid ACTION with an equal amount when you recycle laser toner cartridges with them. Thanks to the kind donations from recycling laser toner cartridges, the medical centre funded by this charity has been able to move to a larger, modern converted house with a pharmacy and a laboratory, and has been able to hire three doctors and a lab technician.

If you examine the figures, you can see how much money you can make for a charity if you recycle laser toner cartridges. According to a study, a medium-sized business can use between 75 and 200 cartridges per year, or even more. So, if 10 businesses donate an average of 100 empty cartridges each per year, it adds up to 1000 cartridges to recycle. Let’s say that the manufacturer pays at an average of £1.50 per cartridge, it raises £1,500 for charity. This is a significant amount considering every penny counts for charities.

Similarly, you can also help schools and educational institutes in need if you recycle laser toner cartridges. Donate all the empty cartridges to a school and they can add that to their own used laser toner cartridges and send them to cartridge manufacturers and receive payment for recycling in return.

So in future, recycle your laser toner cartridges. It helps you, the environment, and charitable organisations as well

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