MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Sustainability Center has placed collection boxes around campus to encourage recycling of empty printer ink cartridges. Empty printer ink cartridges will be refilled and reused.
Many printer ink cartridges are currently land-filled due to lack of convenient collection sites around campus. Eric Howard, a sophomore studying wildlife management, said he would “probably throw (them) in my trash can” rather than recycle them “because I don’t know any place to go recycle them at.”
With 15 new collection sites, the UISC hopes to raise awareness about the importance of recycling these materials.
Each new printer ink cartridge requires one gallon of oil to manufacture, takes 450 years to decompose in a landfill, and leaks toxic chemicals into the ground and air.
Redeeming these recyclable materials also will generate money for additional sustainability projects.
“This is a great program,” said Darin Saul, director of the UISC. “By recycling your printer ink cartridges you also provide a small amount of funding that is used to encourage students to further reduce the amount of waste they generate.”
Before recycling printer ink cartridges, make sure they are empty.
This Article is written by John C Arkin.
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