*NEWS*CITY HAS RECYLING IN THE BAG

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*NEWS*CITY HAS RECYLING IN THE BAG

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    City has recycling in the bag
    Cost-free campaign targets inkjet and toner cartridges, discarded cell phones
    Noblesville
    Wastewater Utility Director Mike Hendricks holds a plastic envelope
    used for recycling ink and toner cartridges and cell phones.
    Noblesville Wastewater Utility customers got an extra insert in their most recent bill: a plastic bag.
    It’s
    a key part of a new recycling program launched by the city in
    partnership with Waste Management and the Illinois firm CORE Recycling
    Concepts to recycle inkjet and toner cartridges and discarded cell
    phones.
    Noblesville Wastewater Utility Director Mike Hendricks said
    Noblesville wants to reduce the number of cartridges and phones sent to
    landfills.
    “We’re the first city in the country to do this recycling
    program,” Hendricks said. “We’re pretty proud to be the first
    municipality to get on board.”
    The program is free and designed to
    be easy to use – the plastic bags are pre-addressed and postage-paid.
    People can simply seal their cartridges or cell phones into the bags
    and drop them into any mailbox.
    In addition, the program is totally
    cost-free to the city, Hendricks said. CORE Recycling Concepts footed
    the cost of the bags, printing and postage.
    Hendricks said the
    envelopes go directly to CORE, which cleans and reconditions the
    cartridges for after-market resale. Hendricks said he didn’t know how
    the company recycled the cell phones, but he added there is also a
    local source for those who want to recycle their phone units.
    “Prevail
    also accepts cell phones to give to people at-risk,” he said. “It’s a
    good program and I have no problems at all if people would rather
    donate their phones to them. But if not, they can still drop them in
    the envelope and send them to CORE for recycling.”
    In addition to
    the plastic recycling bags, the city also will provide collection boxes
    for businesses and homes that use larger toner cartridges. The special
    boxes also include free postage.
    Hendricks said he was surprised to find statistics show that currently only 5 percent of printer cartridges are recycled.
    “It’s
    a very small percentage,” he said, “and I think we have all thrown our
    old inkjet cartridges away at one time or another. When they are used
    up the trash can’s usually the closest place available.”
    CORE will send feedback to city officials on the amount of response from residents and businesses participating in the program.
    Hendricks
    added that additional recycling bags are available at all city
    buildings. The larger boxes are expected to arrive soon and will be
    located with the bags.