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Recycle an ink cartridge and plant a tree!

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Printing is essential for many office and classroom activities.  However, it has been estimated that over 375 million printer ink cartridges are thrown away each year in the United States alone. The University partners with Imagine It to recycle used ink cartridges to minimize waste and bring new life to our campuses. Rebates received from the program are used to purchase new trees for the University.

“We have an impressive, diverse collection of tree species within our campuses and we take great pride in educating our community, students, and guests about our (trees and) Arboretum.” said David Nelson, Manager of Horticulture and Grounds. “Our skilled staff does an incredible job in caring for our trees and the University’s commitment in protecting them is commendable.  Through our partnership with Imagine It, the proceeds from the University’s ink cartridge recycling program plays a significant role in helping to fund student tree planting events such as our annual Arbor Day tree planting.”

Students planting a tree with the Horticulture
and Grounds department on Arbor Day 2017.

Ink cartridges can be mailed to University Mail Services at P.O. Box 270001. On the River Campus, ink cartridges can be also dropped off for recycling at the Campus Mail Center, Common Connection in Wilson Commons, the Rush Rhees IT Center, or any residential life office. Ink cartridge recycling locations at the Medical Center are located at the Saunders Research Building vending machine area (Room 1.104) and the Medical Center Post Office. Two flyers are available online to help spread awareness about ink cartridge recycling at the River Campus and the Medical Center.

Established in 2002, Imagine It is a company that works with organizations and companies to reduce the amount of waste being sent to the landfill each year. Imagine It creates recycling programs that fit the specific needs of each organization.

New tree purchases help the University maintain Tree Campus USA recognition. Each year Horticulture and Grounds works with student groups to plant trees on occasions such as Earth Day and Arbor Day.

According to Sustainability Coordinator Amy Kadrie, “This program is a really nice way to showcase the benefits of recycling as a full-circle concept, as it brings new life to our campus through new trees.”

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