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Ridgewood NJ, Cartridge Evolution specializes in the recycling of printer cartridges to ensure they do not end up in landfills while keeping products cost-effective for consumers. They partner with charities to give back.
Ridgewood is the 3rd municipality in New Jersey partnering with Cartridge Evolution. Recovering inkjet cartridges to be remanufactured is part of a growing circular economy trend. Inkjet printers are most common in homes and small businesses.
The ribbon cutting event at this newest location was attended by Mayor Susan Knudsen, Library Director, Nancy Greene, Council Members Lorraine Reynolds and Pamela Perron, Recycling Director Sean Hamlin, Village Manager Heather Mailander and Manager of Library Information Services, Charles Gallo, with Anne Marie Principe, Legislative Affairs, for Cartridge Evolution.
The Monster Ink Recycling programme fosters recycling habits to help keep the planet green. Inkjet cartridges, a subset of electronic waste is diverted from landfills where they have the potential to contaminate natural resources as they decompose. As an added incentive, all empty ink jet cartridges recovered earn funds that go back to the village.
“This is the latest step in furthering Ridgewood’s waste reduction efforts by increased recycling of non-traditional items”, stated Johanna Luttrell, Certified Recycling Professional. Sean Hamlin, Supervisor of Sanitation and Recycling Coordinator shares “Through this recycling programme, we are able to recycle used printer cartridges conserving energy and natural resources by reducing the need for raw materials to manufacture new ones.” Bins will be installed in convenient locations throughout the Village of Ridgewood.
Founded in 2010, Cartridge Evolution has built a thriving business on remanufacturing inkjet cartridges. Cartridge Evolution’s 150,000 sq ft manufacturing and warehouse facilities processes over 5,000,000 cartridges per year. Using cutting-edge custom designed machinery and innovative techniques developed through years of R&D, they are able to restore cartridges to peak performance that even rivals that of OEM cartridges. Each cartridge is fully tested to ensure compatibility and quality standards are met. Cartridges that do no meet our standards are properly recycled to ensure that they do not end up in landfills.
The goal of the ink cartridge recycling program is to encourage and promote recycling to everyone, with a main focus on educating children. Ink cartridges literally take 100 years to decompose in a landfill, and teaching children the importance of proper disposal of electronic waste will ensure that future generations will act to save our environment and keep our planet green for generations to come.