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Recycling Helps Red Cross 28 November 2003

The Hon. Pamela Crowe, MLC, Minister for Local Government and the Environment, and Mr Eddie Lowey, MLC, have welcomed the launch of two initiatives by the Isle of Man branch of the British Red Cross, to promote the recycling of office consumables and raise funds for the local branch of the charity. Both initiatives are completely free to users.

The first scheme supports the recycling of used inkjet cartridges. To participate, simply place your used inkjet cartridges into a FREEPOST envelope, provided by the British Red Cross and post it free-of-charge to the UK for recycling. The Isle of Man branch receives �1 for every cartridge recycled.

The second scheme involves the recycling of mobile �phones, laser cartridges and photocopier toners. With this scheme, the relevant items are placed in a large cardboard collection box and again, an average sum of �1 is received by the local branch for each item collected. There is a collection box at the British Red Cross Derby Road headquarters where items can be deposited during normal office hours. If you are a business or school and have a large turnover of such items, a collection box can be delivered to your premises. Bridson & Horrox are assisting the British Red Cross by distributing these recycling boxes, and collecting them when full.

If anyone would like a collection box for their office or a supply of pre-paid envelopes, they can contact Kim Wheeler or David Crosby at the Isle of Man Red Cross on 621857 and delivery will be arranged.

The Waste Operations Management Unit (WOMU) of the Department of Local Government and the Environment, has been keen to participate in this scheme. Joanne Hetherington, WOMU's Waste Minimisation and Recycling Officer says,

"The Department has received two recycling boxes and a supply of prepaid envelopes from the British Red Cross and the Department�s staff have been very keen to participate. We have already filled one recycling box with office toners and cartridges, and placed another box in the Department�s public reception area for public use. We are informing the public, businesses and Local Authorities of these recycling initiatives and will be adding the details of the schemes to the Department's website (www.gov.im/dlge/waste). Recycling spent cartridges not only reduces waste, but also reduces the need for raw materials as each laser cartridge that is recycled conserves the equivalent of approximately one litre of oil."

The Red Cross has had a Branch on the Island for 75 years and offers services in response to local need whilst remaining essentially an organisation equipped to help in an emergency. The charity relies on the generosity and support of the Island�s people to continue its work. By participating in these recycling schemes, the environment will benefit and much-needed funds will be raised to support vital services provided on the Island by the British Red Cross.

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