Today there is a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that is threatening the wildlife of delicate marshes, swamps and underwater ecosystems. In light of what may very well be the worst environmental hazard in United States history, the government and the people are encouraging everyone to do what they can to help the environment in whatever way possible.
There are many different ways to be a friend to the environment and it is now more important than ever to get involved. However, it doesnt mean that you will have to stray too much from your ordinary life. For example, ink and toner cartridge recycling is an extremely easy way to do your part to save our planet. It doesnt take too much effort to recycle these cartridges. Instead of throwing them in the garbage, where they will eventually end up in a landfill for 500 to 700 years, you should send them away to a recycling program.
You can find ink and toner cartridge recycling programs on the internet simply by searching for them. Some programs even offer incentives if you send in more than one. If you work at an office building or if you attend school, then it is even easier to walk around the rooms collecting used cartridges. After you send them into a recycling program, a third party company will then use the used cartridges to create new ones. First, they clean and repair the used cartridges. Then they refill the cartridges with their own formula of ink or toner.
Finally, they are repackaged and then resold at unbelievably reduced prices. That means that buying remanufactured cartridges, as they are called, is also a great way to support the environment and save money in your wallet. There are a lot of other simple ways to help the environment not just during the oil spill, but always. Look around your home and office and try to find other simple and easy ways to recycle and help our planet recover.