Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing organization that seeks to provide decent, affordable housing for those in need. The goal of the fundraiser is to encourage people to donate and collect used ink and toner cartridges, and in return, Cartridge World will send a check to Habitat for the collection.
"I think this is a great project, because it is a community project and 90 percent of the funds are used locally to build affordable housing," said Kelly Hatas, AmeriCorps/VISTA service leader, who is on the Habitat board and the recycling subcommittee chair.
The program began several years ago at SSU, and from July 1, 2006, to July 1, 2007, SSU earned $335, but since December 2007, SSU has earned $898.50. SSU also is working with an international company, Cartridge World, in Grandview, to collect more cartridge donations.
"The cartridges are recycled in the classic sense of the word. They are not melted down to create other products. They are refilled and resold right at Cartridge World, keeping more than 2,000 ink cartridges from landfills," Hatas said.
In Scioto County, drop-off sites are the LIFE Center in Portsmouth, Lucasville and Wheelersburg, Portsmouth Public Library's locations in New Boston, Northwest, South Webster, Wheelersburg and Lucasville, Market Street Cafe in Portsmouth, Dr. Pettit's Office, Scioto County Sheriff's Office and many others.
For more information or to get a collection box for inks and toner cartridges, contact Hatas at (740) 351-4993 or visit www.sciotohabitat.org.
From PDT staff reports