Thursday, March 20, 2008

New Recycling Program

The Tinker Nature Park is proud to announce that we are now collecting used inkjet cartridges, cell phones, and PDA's. These can be dropped off at the Hansen Nature Center in our receptacle provided by Imagine It. Not only does this keep these items out of landfills, but all proceeds will go to the nature center.

Imagine it is a Rochester-based organization that began in 2002. Since then, local organizations have received more than $500,000 just by collecting used electronics and cartridges! Just how important is it to recycle these items? Here are some facts*:
  • Every second 3 cartridges are thrown away. This plastic NEVER decomposes

  • In 2000, 50,000,000 ink jet cartridges were sold

  • Only 3% of those cartridges were recycled

  • 2 ½ ounces of oil are used for every ink jet cartridge produced

  • 3 ½ quarts of oil are used for every laser cartridge produced

  • In 7 months, cartridge remanufacturing will save more oil than was spilled by the Exxon Valdez in Prince Edward Sound, Alaska

  • With the United States consuming approximately 700 million gallons of oil a day, we are helping to conserve a valuable natural resource. Remember- oil is a non-renewable fossil fuel, and it cannot be remade!

  • Every year over 300 million cartridges are thrown away. In terms of weight, that is equivalent to over 30,500 African Elephants!

  • Stacked end to end, cartridges thrown away in one year would cover a distance of over 24,000 miles- enough to circle the earth.

  • In the next seven years, if the all laser and inkjet cartridges are saved from landfills, a bridge can be built from the Earth to the Moon-223,000 miles!

  • Approximately 90% of these printing cartridges are recyclable but only 20% are being recycled.

  • Excess ink and toner can filter into our water supply!

  • Imagine is an environmentally aware company that believes in preserving our natural resources. By recycling these non-biodegradable products and keep them out of our landfills.

  • Take part in protecting our natural resources by cutting down on the amount of trash in our landfills.

  • In 1998, nearly 250 million ink and laser printer cartridges were consumed and thrown away in the US, and these non-biodegradable cartridges present a sever burden to our nations landfill systems. The need to recover these cartridges is not merely ecological, but economical as well. An industry has spring up that rebuilds the empty cartridges and sells them back into the marketplace. Because many people are unaware of it, they continue to throw empty cartridges away.

  • 100 million printers in use today with 100 million more printers sold each year. Each of these printers uses 5-25 cartridges per year.

  • During 1999, over 214 million inkjet printer cartridges and 44 million laser cartridges were consumed in the United States. It is estimated that over 90% of these cartridges were thrown when empty.
    " The recovery and reuse of toner and ink jet cartridges spares our overburdened landfills millions of cubic feet of non-biodegradable material.

  • According to recent federal reports, 53.7 million homes have computers; many of those homes have printers. And families toss out, on average, three to four ink jet cartridges per year.

  • Ink jet printing is the fastest growing technology in the printing market today. Hewlett Packard and canon, the top two ink jet printer manufacturers, each sell more than 20 to 25 million units annually. That doesn't include the many other manufacturers of inkjet printers. Sales of inkjet printer units passed laser as the leading technology in printing in 1993. Comparing the most recent quarter's sales, inkjet printer sales are up 167%while laser printer sales grew 22%.

  • 1.5 million cartridges go to landfills each month

  • Stacking 105 laser toner cartridges end-to-end equals the height of the Statue of Liberty

  • Over 500 million inkjet cartridges were sold in North American last year. These non-biodegradable plastic containers retain ink residues. Where do all of these cartridges go when you throw them away? AWAY? NO! More than 2 million of these cartridges were taken to landfills within Maricopa County during the year 2000, alone; these cartridges combined, occupied 160 cubic feet of space, which is more than 27 swimming pools full! Help keep Phoenix clean and beautiful reduce the unnecessary space these cartridges toners are using in our landfills by diverting them to a recycling facility.

  • 95% of all inkjet cartridges are thrown away. That's more than 1,000,000 a day-5,000 tons of plastic and metal tossed into landfills every month.

*Facts taken from the Imagine it website. Learn more about them by visiting:

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