New Year’s Fundraising Idea to Help the Planet

New Year’s Fundraising Idea to Help the Planet

, by Planet Green, 1 min reading time

This New Year create an ink recycling fundraiser with Planet Green Recycle. 

According to the Global E-Waste Monitor 2020 Report, by 2030, the world’s collective e-waste could grow to about 74.7 million tons. That’s roughly equivalent to eight times the weight of China’s Three Gorges Dam.

Fundraising Idea Planet Green Recycle

The findings come from a partnership formed in 2017 between the United Nations International Telecommunication Union, the International Solid Waste Association and other groups to track the accumulation of electronic debris. The projected e-waste for 2020 and other future years doesn’t include any economic consequences that might be related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Discarded electronics can contain hazardous materials — such as cadmium and mercury in laptops and smartphones, and refrigerant chemicals like chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons — that can leach into the environment (SN: 8/7/19; SN: 5/22/19). E-waste is also a source of plastic waste (SN: 4/5/18).

It is estimated that 70% of all ink cartridges and 50% of all toner cartridges are not recycled. The plastics used in printer cartridges are made of an engineering grade polymer that has a very slow decomposing rate. Ink cartridges can take up to 1000 years depending on the cartridge.

Most people know it’s bad to throw away used ink cartridges, so they end up holding on to them for their next trip to the office supply store. Unfortunately, places like Staples and Office Depot limit the amount of ink they will take and reward you with very little.

Planet Green Recycle is a free fundraising program that helps organizations raise funds by having their supporters mail-in their used ink cartridges from their homes or offices. Planet Green provides your supporters with a FREE USPS shipping label. All your organization needs to do is tell people to mail-in their used ink using your program ID code and you receive a check.

By recycling used ink cartridges you are helping to eliminate unnecessary waste, reducing carbon output, and raising money for your organization. 

To learn more about the Planet Green Recycling fundraising program visit

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