Cartridge recycling to help parks

Published on Thu, Dec 5, 2002
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Cartridge recycling to help parks

The city of Blaine has teamed up with an online fundraising center to raise money for new play equipment in the city’s parks.

Community members can bring their old cell phones and empty cartridges from printers, fax machines and copiers to drop boxes at city hall on H Street. They are recycled through the Funding Factory program, through which the city earns points for every unit recycled and can redeem them for playground equipment.

Founded in 1997, the Funding Factory initially focused on helping schools raise money for special programs through pre-designed funding programs and online applications for managing the school fundraising process. Last year they expanded to include non-profit entities and childcare providers and added recreational equipment fundraising to their menu of programs.

Over 15,000 U.S. schools collect empty laser and inkjet cartridges from their communities. The cartridges earn points, which schools may redeem through the Funding Factory’s online catalog of technology and recreation
products. .

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