Turning Trash into Cash

Turning Trash into Cash

At Able Canopies, we are very eco-conscious and are often looking for ways we can recycle more and waste less. So, when we discovered that our local Lions Club have an ink cartridge recycling scheme, we jumped straight on it.

Clacton on Sea Lions Club collect used computer ink cartridges which are then sent to East Anglian Children’s Hospice for recycling, to raise cash so they can continue with all the fantastic care they provide for children with life-threatening conditions.

Each ink cartridge they recycle can raise from £5 – £25 depending on the type of cartridge which is a fantastic amount of money. Within the last 12 months, they have recycled 810 ink cartridges which is x810 ink cartridges that have been saved from landfill and have raised between £4,050 and £20,250 for East Anglian Children’s Hospice. The difference that money can make for the charity is amazing.

So, my reason for sharing this with you is although you may not be local and therefore are unable to donate to this scheme, there may be a charity or organisation near you that would love to recycle your old ink cartridges.

I love these type of schemes as they are a double whammy – they raise funds for charities whilst also reducing waste; there’s no reason not to sign up to one.

We have also started recycling our crisp packets with Tendring Primary Recycle Scheme who accept a huge variety of different items which they recycle via the TerraCycle scheme. The funds raised go towards the running of the recycling scheme and the school’s current projects.

Being an office, I’m sure you can imagine the number of crisp packets we get through in a day, let alone a week. We therefore look forward to saving all those crisp packets from going to waste and helping the school raise those much needed funds.

The TerraCycle website has a great feature which allows to you discover the ‘drop off’ points local to you so you can easily recycle your waste. Find your local drop off site here: https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/about-terracycle/drop_off_locations

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