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    UCP Prepares Disabled Arkansans In Cartridge Recycling Career
    United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas is one of the places in the state offering a recycling service.
    “Cartridges that we can rebuild that are in quality shape we remanufacture and sale on the open market,” Business Community Director for UPC Daniel Leslie says.Leslie adds, “I don’t think there’s a job that they can not do.”Every employee has a disability but an ability to work on customized machines that rotate so employees can use both hands.Every cartridge is tested before it goes out for packaging and unusable parts are recycled and replaced with new ones.”We will take anything that has to do with printing because we know individuals are too busy to worry about what gets recycles what doesn’t. We’ve hired an individual with a disability to sort through all that and what can be used what can not,” Leslie says.

    In just seven months cartridge recycling can save over 11 million gallons of oil. That’s more oil than what was spilled by Exxon Valdez in Alaska in 1989.This business not only helps keep pounds of non biodegradable waste out of our landfills it’s boosting the self esteem of dozens of self-sufficient Arkansans.”Most our employees would probably be seating in day centers not being able to be productive. It’s very important to their self esteem it’s also very important to their health. If a person has a high self esteem feels like they’re being productive they’re health tends to improve,” Leslie says.Norvell Hall, Jr. adds, “I’m glad I did find this job because I like to work, and I’m just crazy about my job now.”

    Jimmy Gray says it can be hard to find a handicap accessible place to work, “In the work field that we’re in it creates opportunity. If I decide to advance I will have the skills and experience.”Many employees have worked here for decades and plan to be here for many to come.Hall, Jr. adds, “I’m going to be here for a long time. You can’t find another job like this, you can’t.”Leslie says, “Our cartridges have been sent to our troops in Afghanistan. The level of pride that these individuals had that they were being able to help support our troop made all of us feel great.”UCP provides regular customers with collection boxes and establishes a schedule to pick up any printing equipment.To learn more about donating or buying toner cartridges from UCP call (501)228-3814 and ask for Daniel Leslie.WHY RECYCLE:- Almost three ounces of oil are required to produce a new inkjet cartridge. – Approximately two pints of oil are required to produce a new toner cartridge. – Each discarded empty laser printer cartridge adds approximately three pounds of waste to our landfills and takes about 10 centuries to decompose.