Recycle Inkjet Cartridge Fundraiser

An easy way to raise funds on an ongoing basis is with a recycle inkjet cartridge fundraiser. The process is simple and straightforward plus your group is keeping materials out of our landfills by recycling the used printer cartridges.

An estimated 350 million inkjet and laser cartridges and used cell phones are thrown away every year, so there are plenty of them available to be recycled.

Fundraising Recycling Printer Cartridges

Getting started
You need to signup with a company that handles the recycling process, preferably one that pays fairly for the common cartridges, not just the really desirable laser printer toner cartridges. Most of your recycling activity will be the inkjet cartridges for HP, Lexmark, and Dell printers, so you want to make sure you get good prices for those.

One company that I like is the Funding Factory because they’ve been in business for many years, pay well for the common cartridges, and provide pre-labeled (and freight prepaid!) collection boxes. Another plus for them is they also recycle cell phones, so you can include those in your fundraiser as well!

All you have to do is setup your collection locations, get the word out that you’re recycling for a good cause, and you’re in business. Once your box is full, then seal it up and ship it off. Shortly after it’s received, the credit for your recycled printer cartridges will post to your account.

Increase donations
You can increase the amount of cartridges donated for your recycling fundraiser in several ways. First, you can setup collection boxes at multiple locations. Large office buildings are often a good place to approach for permission.

Second, get the word out in as many ways as possible. Include information in your newsletter, send it out to your email list, and get some publicity in the local media.

A good way to get mentioned in your local newspaper, radio, or television station is by doing a press release. Each company does things a little differently, so be sure to send yours to the proper contacts.

Follow the standard press release format and tell who you are, what you’re doing, when you’re doing it, and why you’re doing it. Play up the recycling aspect and gear the press release toward a one-day collection event at a high-traffic location and aim to get maximum publicity for that event.

Then mention that the fundraiser will be ongoing with collection boxes available year-round at selected locations. Provide full contact information and distribute to every media outlet in your area.

Doing an inkjet cartridge recycling fundraiser is easy plus it’s good for the environment. Select a business partner that easy to work with and pays fairly.

Choose several high-traffic locations and place your collection boxes just inside the entrances. Publicize your fundraiser to increase printer cartridge donations.

Monitor collections and when full, ship off the donations to your recycling partner. And that’s all there is to it.

Get started with your own recycle inkjet cartridge fundraiser today!