To mark the 10th anniversary of Recycle Week, 17-23 June, MBM Omega was delighted to present Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity with a cheque for £1,000. The money was raised through MBM Omega’s cartridge recycling programme which in the last year has raised over £3,200 for Rainbow Trust.
“The initiative ties in well with Recycle Week’s ten-year anniversary focus,” commented Diane Green, marketing manager, MBM Omega. “It reinforces key messages such as the things we can recycle are economically valuable, we can all recycle lots more than we could 10 years ago and we have made great strides in recycling but let’s do more!”
“It also highlights what happens to what we recycle,” she added. “In this instance each item received is sorted, cleaned and graded according to stringent standards and certain non-wearing plastic shells and metal components are reused. This helps conserve valuable resources and reduces landfill.”
Kim Hawkins, corporate partnerships manager, Rainbow Trust said: “We’re really grateful to MBM Omega for donating the proceeds from the recycling to Rainbow Trust. Not only are they proactively helping the environment, but they are also ensuring families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness are supported. As Rainbow Trust relies almost entirely on fundraising, money like this is essential for us to carry on providing our vital support to families when they need it most.”
More than 500 million OEM toner and inkjet cartridges are manufactured each year. If these cartridges are not diverted from landfills, this equates to almost 1,000 tons of unnecessary pollution that can enter our waste stream every day.
In addition to this potential waste, more than three liters of oil are consumed during the manufacturing of every OEM cartridge. This equates to more than 375,000,000 gallons of oil consumed every year to make toner and inkjet cartridges.
Even worse, is that many cartridges end up in cities like Guiyu, China, where they are incinerated or dissolved with hazardous chemicals to extract residual metals. These processes contaminate the local air, soil and groundwater.