*NEWS*UK:THE GREEN BLUE WANTS EMPTY CTGS

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*NEWS*UK:THE GREEN BLUE WANTS EMPTY CTGS

 user 2006-03-09 at 12:35:00 pm Views: 66
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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.