2008-01-18 / Community

Recycle Old Ink Cartridges And Cell Phones

Senator Malcolm A. Smith is encouraging people not to throw away their old ink jet cartridges and cell phones. Instead, he says to recycle them.

Senator Smith states that only 20 to 40 percent of ink jet cartridges end up in recycling bins, with the rest being thrown away. "These phones and ink cartridges find their way into alreadycrowded landfills," he adds. "And once they're there, they won't be leaving anytime soon. It takes 1,000 years for an ink jet cartridge to biodegrade. Recycling is a far better way to get rid of your unwanted cartridges and cell phones."

"According to the EPA, 125 million cell phones are discarded every year, with many of them sharing space with used ink jet cartridges in local landfills," said Senator Smith.

Call2Recycle, a nonprofit organization, directs consumers with old phones to local drop boxes. They simply need to enter their zip code on the website, www.rbrc.org/call2recyle.

Another group, the Secure the Call Foundation, www.donatemycellphone. org, provides refurbished, 911-enhanced cell phones to domestic violence victims and senior citizens.

"Regardless of how you recycle," said Senator Smith, "you'll play an important role in improving our environment for years to come."

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