UK:THE GREEN BLUE WANTS YOUR EMPTY CTGS

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UK:THE GREEN BLUE WANTS YOUR EMPTY CTGS

 user 2006-03-09 at 12:34:00 pm Views: 47
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    UK. The Green Blue encourages businesses to recycle and help the environment
     March 2006The BMF and RYA’s environment scheme, The Green Blue, has teamed up with Environmental Business Products Ltd (EBP) and its brand, Ink Again, to encourage marine businesses to recycle printer cartridges and at the same time raise money for future Green Blue projects. For every inkjet or laser toner cartridge recycled EBP will donate £1 towards The Green Blue. Raising money for The Green Blue is vital for its continued success as it enables valuable government funding to be released into the project.
    The Green Blue plans to distribute 100,000 recycling bags and boxes during the year to member companies to encourage participation in the scheme. Companies or individuals wishing to take part in the scheme can contact Ink Again at email thegreenblue@inkagain.co.uk making sure they quote ‘The Green Blue Recycling Appeal’. The scheme won’t cost businesses – the envelopes are freepost and larger toners can be collected from offices.
    Inkjet cartridges are commonly used in printers at homes and in offices and are non-biodegradable. But what many people do not know is that they have a financial value as they can be remanufactured and then resold.
    Anna Wyse, Project Manager for The Green Blue said: “This is such a simple way of helping reduce our impact on the environment and it won’t cost businesses anything. And at the same time, businesses will be able to support future Green Blue initiatives.”
    Some facts about printer cartridges:
    Inkjet cartridges will take about 1,000 years to decompose in landfill sites. It can take up to 6 pints (nearly 3.5 litres) of oil to make just one printer cartridge. Of some 60 million inkjet cartridges used each year in the UK, only about 10% are recycled. This means that 57 million cartridges get thrown away each year and end up in landfill sites or are incinerated. Landfill sites contain ‘buried treasure’ worth over £100 million in raw materials from discarded printer cartridges.