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Since the establishment of our ReUse pickup routes September 1st, those of us at the ReUse Program have been brainstorming ways to make our trips out more efficient and more productive, and to provide more and better services to our customers in the process.
Currently, many departments send their used toner and ink cartridges to the ReUse Program, and we already work with fax and printer cartridge remanufacturers to ensure that these cartridges are handled in an environmentally sound manner – and in most cases, refilled and reused. While there are outside vendors that provide the same service, from an environmental standpoint the fewer trucks pulling in and out of building docks, the better. Additionally, our relationships with remanufacturers allow us to generate revenues from these materials for the University. It all adds up!
What we are asking you to do is simply leave your used cartridges at your dock for us to pick up on your building’s pickup day. Put them back into their original box, if you still have it. Mark them for “Reuse” simply, perhaps with a marker on the packaging or a Post-It note, and leave them somewhere out of the way. When we visit to retrieve any surplus property, we will pick them up as well.
If your building is not serviced by the ReUse Program, campus mail is another option for used toner.
ReUse Program Warehouse
Facilities Management/Central Services
Campus Delivery Code: 5501
883 29th Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Update: The Reuse Program welcomes The Raptor Center as its newest partner.
Over the past few weeks, we've been working closely with Amber Burnette of the the University Raptor Center to find a way to help benefit their mission to lead in avian conservation, pioneering research, and to perform community outreach.
The Raptor Center depends on donations to support medical care and rehabilitation of birds of prey, public education, and veterinary training. The ReUse Program will help by donating some of the printer cartridges we collect to support their activities.
You can help too! Drop qualified cartridges you bring in from home into The Raptor Center bin located inside the ReUse Warehouse during our business hours. Each cartridge brings a small amount of operating funds to the Raptor Center, but over time these donations add up. Since Recycling for Raptors began, the center has recycled more than 80,000 inkjet cartridges representing 6 tons of material. While you are here, you can also take a moment to shop the ReUse Warehouse for already-manufactured items you could use for your home or office.
The ReUse Program is proud to work with the Raptor Center and we hope you can help them continue their success.