Florence, AL Unveils Cartridge Recycling Project

According to WHNT TV news, the city of Florence, Alabama, USA, has promoted recycling by offering an easier curbside recycling service, enabling residents to drop off their used printer cartridges and cell phones.

According to Rachel Mansell with Florence Recycling, it takes anywhere from 450-1,000 years for these items to decompose in a landfill.

“If they go to a landfill, they are made of metals and plastics, so they are going to stay there forever,” explained Mansell. “Or, they come to the recycle center and get a new life.”

The Florence Recycle Center claims it recycled 3,340 tons of materials in 2012, including paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum, steel, electronics, and fishing line.

Earlier, Recycling Times reported Zhuhai, China-based Ninestar, is launching a new empties collection website to capture more empties, and Staples has recycled 350 million ink and toner cartridges since 2005.

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