Saving the Environment One Cartridge at a Time

In 2017, are we really as savvy about recycling, reusing and reducing our impact on the environment as we’d like to think? We can be confident about how to deal with most household waste for example, but there are items that you probably use on a daily basis at home, at school or in the office that could be recycled multiple times and benefit both your pocket as well as the environment.

 

One such example is laser toner cartridges. Approximately 60 million are sold in Europe alone each year, and yet only a small percentage (around 25%) of those cartridges actually go onto to be remanufactured.  The process of remanufacturing is one that many people may still not be fully aware of, but one that is worthwhile knowing a little about.

 

Once an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) toner cartridge is sent to be recycled, there are a number of processes it goes through before it can be given a new lease of life as a remanufactured product.

 

Firstly, the cartridge is tested to ensure that it is fully functional before any remnants of existing toner powder are removed and the cartridge is thoroughly cleaned.  Secondly, any worn or damaged parts are identified and then replaced to ensure that the finished product is as close to the original as possible.  Finally, the cartridge is refilled using a specially formulated toner powder and is subject to a number of quality and print performance tests before it can be packaged and sold.

 

Something else you may be interested to hear is that remanufactured toner cartridges – as well as being environmentally friendly – can be much cheaper than their original counterparts.  This isn’t to say that there has to be a compromise in quality though; remanufactured toners can match, and often exceed the page yield of an OEM, and they fit and function exactly the same way in your printer.

 

It sounds straight forward doesn’t it? It seems like a process that it quite transparent, and not only does it prevent toner cartridges ending up in landfill, but because remanufacturing companies such as Red Bus Cartridges only repair the elements of a cartridge that are damaged or worn, the creation of waste is reduced.  Furthermore, as they state that they produce everything in one place, under one roof, they not only have complete control over the production process, but it goes a long way in helping to reduce their carbon footprint too.

 

So, now you know how OEM toner cartridges can be recycled and given a renewed purpose in (office stationery) life through the process of remanufacturing. You also know that you can save money in comparison to buying an original cartridge, so should you be inclined to want to save money as well as the planet, a remanufactured cartridge would be the way to go.

UK Recycler Raises over £3.5 million for UK charities

– Recycling Partnership Gets a ‘Green’ Revamp & Sees Growth for 2015 –

The UK’s leading recycler of inkjet and toner cartridges, The Recycling Factory (TRF), has this week announced a new personal best of £3,580,178.41 in donations raised for its charity partners.

Running zero cost recycling schemes for thousands of charities across the UK, the Lincolnshire based recycler helps charities, schools and clubs to raise valuable funds by recycling inkjet cartridges donated by supporters.

Cassandra Gonzalez, TRF’s Departmental Manger, comments: ‘We are incredibly proud of the amount raised through recycling cartridges as it means we can help make a real difference for both our charity partners, as well as reducing landfill. However, thanks must go to our charity partners and their loyal supporters for all their relentless support and hard work in publicising the schemes.

This new comes just after the company has undergone a ‘green’ revamp. Cassandra explains: ‘As the industry’s largest UK recycler we are always striving to reduce our carbon footprint , at the same time as ensuring our charity partners receive the very best in service, and 2015 has already seen some very innovative changes.

‘Now charity supporters can instantly download a freepost label for their chosen charity, as well as booking a free courier collection in just seconds. We are also working closely with our partners to lead the way in digital marketing, ensuring all campaigns achieve maximum awareness.’

TRF collects printer cartridges via freepost schemes as well as through free courier collections – all at no cost to the charity. For each inkjet cartridge successfully recycled, 100% of the value is donated. TRF has recently welcomed partnerships with ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, RNIB, RSPB, Scottish SPCA and Amnesty International. For further information about partnering with TRF, email info@trf-uk.com or call (Freephone) 0800 091 0696.

Over £500,000 raised for the RSPCA

The Recycling Factory has officially exceeded its fundraising target of £500,000 for national animal charity the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).  With over £507,938 raised to date, The Recycling Factory is ecstatic at the generosity and support of recyclers across the UK.

Formed in 2005, the partnership enables funds to be raised through the recycling of inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges, mobile phones and electronic gadgets.

The RSPCA have branches across England and Wales, as well as staff and volunteers who work tirelessly, dedicating their time to support the charity’s vision of ending animal cruelty.

Julia Brown, Retail Co-ordinator for the RSPCA commented:  “£500,000 is an amazing amount! Thank you to our loyal supporters, with your help we can continue to help the animals and also reduce the ridiculous amounts that go to landfill each year.”

Donna Wingfield, Business Development Manager for The Recycling Factory said: “It wouldn’t have been possible to have raised this phenomenal amount without the continued support of the RSPCA supporters.  Their generosity has enabled the partnership to really flourish, and we look forward to helping the charity raise even more funds over the forthcoming years!”

The Recycling Factory donate 100% of the proceeds to the RSPCA and provide supporters with all  necessary  recycling materials such as envelopes and collection boxes free of charge, and offers a free collection service for those recycling in large volumes.  There is no cost for individuals or businesses who wish to become involved; it is an invaluable, free and easy way of supporting the charity.

To request freepost envelopes or find out more information, simply call The Recycling Factory on 0800 091 0696, email rspca@trf-uk.com or visit www.therecyclingfactory.com/rspca .

UK Recycler is Nominated in Fundraising Awards 2014

– The Recycling Factory celebrates raising over £3 million for UK charities –

 

The Recycling Factory (TRF) is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted in the Most Committed Company to the Sector category for the Partners in Fundraising Awards 2013. The news is an exciting addition to the recycler’s current celebration of exceeding the £3 million mark in donations for UK charities.

The Partners in Fundraising Awards are a celebration of the contribution of partners and suppliers who work with the fundraising sector. Nominations have been shortlisted by the Institute of Fundraising’s panel of impartial and expert judges, who are now asking members of the Institute of Fundraising to use their expertise and experience to single out the truly great partners in fundraising.

Donna Wingfield, Business Development Manager for TRF, said:  “We are absolutely ecstatic about the news. We pride ourselves on providing a quality service which is completely free of charge to our charity partners – and it’s fantastic to receive such recognition. The nomination is the icing on the cake after just reaching the incredible milestone of raising over three million pounds for our charity partners.”

Further information about the awards and how to vote can be found by visiting the following link. Voting closes on the 6th December.

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) Partners with The Recycling Factory

The Recycling Factory is delighted to announce that it has entered into a new partnership with The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) to recycle inkjet cartridges, toners, mobile phones and electronic gadgets to help raise vital funds for deaf children across the UK.

NDCS is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and their families. Through the recycling scheme, supporters can send in their empty inkjet and toner cartridges, mobile phones and electronic gadgets, and NDCS will receive a donation for each item that can be successfully recycled. There is no cost to the charity for The Recycling Factory to operate the scheme; all recycling materials such as freepost envelopes and collection boxes are supplied completely free of charge.

Donna Wingfield, Business Development Manager for The Recycling Factory, said: “We are really excited to be working in partnership with NDCS and look forward to helping make a real difference to the lives of deaf children and young people, as well as their families. The recycling scheme is easy for supporters, both individuals and businesses, to get involved with – and it’s completely free!”

Gemma Turner, Corporate and Events Executive, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with The Recycling Factory and hope that our supporters will get behind the scheme. There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK and NDCS works to ensure they get the support they need. All of the money raised by The Recycling Factory will make a real difference to the lives of deaf children and young people.”

Getting involved couldn’t be easier.  To request your freepost envelopes and start recycling for the NDCS simply contact The Recycling Factory on 0800 091 0696, email ndcs@trf-uk.com or visit www.therecyclingfactory.com/ndcs.


Going Green to Help Women & Teenagers with Cancer

– Going Green to Help Women & Teenagers with Cancer  –

The Recycling Factory is excited to be working with national charity, Look Good Feel Better. The new partnership enables used inkjet cartridges, laser toners, mobile phones and electronic gadgets to be recycled in return for vital donations to the charity’s support programme.

Set up in 1993 by the Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA), the charity helps women and teenagers struggling with the visible side effects from their cancer treatment. Held in over 70 locations throughout the UK, their free skincare and make-up workshops help combat the visible side effects of cancer treatment and, in turn, boost confidence and wellbeing. The sessions are run weekly, fortnightly or monthly for up to 12 people. The Look Good Feel Better Programme is now available in 25 countries worldwide.

Ian Daniels, Head of Fundraising and Marketing from Look Good Feel Better, said:
We are delighted to be partnering with The Recycling Factory in encouraging our supporters to do their bit for the environment whilst raising valuable funds for the charity.”

Further information about Look Good Feel Better and its services can be found by visiting www.lgfb.co.uk.

The Recycling Factory donates 100% of the recycling proceeds to the charity and provides supporters with all the necessary recycling materials free of charge, as well as offering a free collection service for those recycling in large volumes. There is no cost for individuals or businesses who wish to become involved, making it an easy way to support the charity’s incredible work.

The Recycling Factory recycles more than 800,000 inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges and mobile phones each month at their site in Boston, Lincolnshire, and has so far raised in excess of £2.8 million for its charity partners. To request freepost envelopes for Look Good Feel Better or to find out more information, call The Recycling Factory on 0800 091 0696, visit www.therecyclingfactory.com/lgfb or email charityandinfo@trf-uk.com.

 

 

The Gurkha Welfare Trust partners with The Recycling Factory to raise funds

– National charity enters into new recycling partnership –

The Recycling Factory is delighted to announce that it has entered into a new partnership with
The Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT) to recycle inkjet cartridges, toners and mobile phones to help raise vital funds for the charity.

The aim of the GWT is to relieve poverty and distress amongst Gurkha veterans and their dependants. The charity provides financial, medical and community aid to alleviate hardship and distress among Gurkha ex-servicemen who once fought bravely and proudly for the British Crown.

Donna Wingfield, Business Development Manager for The Recycling Factory, said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with The Gurkha Welfare Trust and look forward to helping make a real difference to the lives of Gurkha ex-servicemen and their dependants both in Nepal and the UK. The recycling scheme provides an easy and cost-free way for people to show their support.”

Lin Sharp, Head of Major Donors and Partnership, said: “Nepal is a land of immense beauty, it is also one of desperate hardship and remains one of the poorest nations on earth. That is why this new recycling partnership with TRF will make a difference in helping The Gurkha Welfare Trust raise the funds to achieve its aim of providing financial, medical and community aid to almost 8,000 welfare pensioners and their dependents”.

Through the recycling scheme, supporters can send their empty inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges mobile phones and electronic gadgets, and the GWT will receive a donation for each item that can be successfully recycled. There is no cost to the charity for The Recycling Factory to operate the scheme; all recycling materials such as freepost envelopes and collection boxes are supplied completely free of charge.

Getting involved couldn’t be easier. To request your freepost envelopes and start recycling for the GWT, simply contact The Recycling Factory on 0800 091 0696, email gwt@trf-uk.com or visit www.therecyclingfactory.com/gwt

If you would like more information about The Gurkha Welfare Trust and the work it does, please visit www.gwt.org.uk or email RhysParker@gwt.org.uk

 

Recycling helps achieve hearty donation for Nation’s heart charity

– UK Recycler and British Heart Foundation Exceed Target Donation –

UK-based recycling company, The Recycling Factory, is thrilled to announce that together with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), it has raised in excess of £30,000 for the charity. This was made possible through the recycling of inkjet cartridges and mobile phones, and by all of those BHF supporters that kindly donated their unwanted items.

The partnership has been moving from strength to strength since the collaboration began in early 2012, and 2013 promises similar success. Donna Wingfield of The Recycling Factory said: “We have been working alongside the BHF for just over a year now and it has been an absolute joy. Recycling is a great way of being able to help raise vital funds for the charity, and be kind to the environment at the same time. We’d like to thank BHF supporters for generously sending in their unwanted items to help achieve such a sizable donation.”

The BHF provides support to the 2.7 million people in the UK living with coronary heart disease. Donations like these go towards the charity’s life-saving research, care and support, working to beat heart disease.

£30,000 could fund 6 months of specialist heart failure nursing*, changing the lives of over 1,000 heart failure sufferers. BHF heart failure nurse specialists provide expert care and advice to heart failure patients in their own home and these nurses decrease hospital re-admissions and improve patients’ quality of life.

Amit Aggarwal, Head of Corporate Partnerships at the BHF, said: ”It’s fantastic that our partnership with the Recycling Factory can have a direct impact on for those living with heart disease. We are so very grateful to the Recycling Factory and people across the UK who have donated goods for recycling.”

By working together to recycle, individuals can really make a difference to the environment, and support the BHF at the same time. The charity will receive up to £4.50 for each cartridge that can be successfully recycled and up to £30 for every recyclable mobile phone.

It’s a simple, free scheme that everyone can become involved with. To request BHF recycling envelopes, call The Recycling Factory team on 0800 091 0696, or visit: www.therecyclingfactory.com/bhf

RSPCA Announces Winner of Photography Competition

Winner’s photo to be published on over half a million envelopes 


©RSPCA 2013

After an intense few days, UK recycling company, The Recycling Factory, is excited to announce that its charity partner, the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has selected a winner for its 2012 photography competition.

Earlier this week, the RSPCA judging panel announced that Jade Fotheringham’s photograph of her dog Lulu was the clear winner. Jade has won a refurbished iPad from The Recycling Factory, and in March the photograph will be published on over half a million RSPCA envelopes. Jade’s mum, Sandra Wallis, is ecstatic about the news: ‘We are all delighted that it has been chosen to be on the recycling envelope. We look forward to seeing Lulu on them!’

For the last 6 months, the RSPCA has invited supporters to send in photographs of their pets. The competition brief was simple: the charity’s favourite photo would appear on the next recycling envelope produced by The Recycling Factory. Organised and promoted by The Recycling Factory, an overwhelming number of entries was received – from dogs and cats, to hamsters and snakes.

Ben Feely, Corporate Account Manager for the RSPCA commented:

‘I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered and massive congratulations to Jade’s family for their winning photo. We were thrilled with the response and the standard was fantastic but we all fell in love with Lulu in this picture and finally selected it as the winner. Thank you so much also to TRF for running the competition and for providing such fantastic prizes. I am really looking forward to seeing the envelope with Lulu on it once it is printed in the spring.’

The RSPCA have branches across England and Wales, as well as staff and volunteers who work tirelessly, dedicating their time to support the charity’s vision of ending animal cruelty. Since forming its partnership in 2005, The Recycling Factory and RSPCA have together raised over £464,000 through the recycling of inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges and mobile phones.

The Recycling Factory donate 100% of the proceeds to the RSPCA and provide supporters with all necessary recycling materials such as freepost envelopes and collection boxes, and offer a free collection service for those recycling in large volumes. There is no cost for individuals or businesses who wish to become involved; it is an invaluable, free and easy way of supporting the charity. To request freepost envelopes or find out more information, simply call The Recycling Factory on 0800 091 0696, or visit www.therecyclingfactory.com/rspca

Partners in Fundraising Awards 2013

Vote for The Recycling Factory!

The Recycling Factory is very excited to announce that it has been shortlisted in the Best Direct Marketing Partner category for the Partners in Fundraising Awards 2013.

The Partners in Fundraising Awards are a celebration of the contribution of partners and suppliers who work with the fundraising sector. Nominations have been shortlisted by the Institute of Fundraising’s panel of impartial and expert judges, who are now asking individual members of the Institute of Fundraising to use their expertise and experience to single out the truly great partners in fundraising.

The Recycling Factory has been recognised for its direct marketing service which it runs with its charity partners. Dedicated to individualising each charity’s marketing plan, The Recycling Factory pride themselves on providing a quality service which is completely free of charge to its charity partners.

Further information about the awards and how to vote can be found by visiting the following link: http://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/events-and-training/iofevents/the-partners-in-fundraising-awards/vote-now/. Voting closes at 5pm on 21 December 2012. Please note, only IoF individual members are eligible to vote.