Every Friday I pull a gem from the forum and share it here on my blog, as there are far brighter, more resourceful, and more experienced educators out there willing to share their discoveries. This one is a very old post, but one that I feel is worth revisiting as national funding for technology in education is once again being targeted for elimination in the president’s proposed budget. Thankfully, the new leadership in Congress is going to try and restore more than 1.7 billion in education funding, and may be able to keep technology spending at 2006 levels. However, even with those efforts, funding for technology in education still remains tight, and Nicole pointed out an excellent way to help turn waste that every school produces into new equipment:
You can sign up for Cartridges for Education at www.hamiltonelectronics.com and recieve free stuff for all those used ink cartridges. Useful way to show kids how to recycle and get more gadgets for your room at the same time.
Upon further investigation, the actual link to the Cartridges for Education appears on their rotating banner image, so you have to wait for it to pop up, OR just click on the link to the Cartridges for Education website. It sounds like quite the simple process for signing up; just call the 1-800 number provided, and get yourself setup with a collection kit. Along with the kit they send a catalog full of items that you can redeem your cartridges for. Like many ink cartridge recycling programs, you have to save up quite a few of the empty plastic boxes (in good condition to boot) in order to cash them in for new goods, but in a school setting where lots of ink is being used, it’s usually not hard to gather a large number of cartridges. Plus, you can extend this into the community, and encourage families to donate their old ink cartridges to the school. For someone that used to throw his old spent ink cartridges away (yes, yes, you can scold me on it), I would love a program like this to get rid of my technological waste.
With the “reward” of one dollar for every usable cartridge they receive, it sounds like a pretty profitable fundraiser for schools to purchase projectors, DVD players, televisions, and even……new ink.