A Sudbury shop is turning used computer ink cartridges into charity funds by recycling them.
Cartridge World, in Borehamgate precinct, is reusing empty ink or toner cartridges to get cash back for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
Every time a used cartridge comes into the store, staff assess what can be used again and send it off to a depot to get it recycled.
“When we realised that our recycling could benefit a well-known charity, we were thrilled that we could help it receive cash back for qualifying cartridges,” said store manager Sharon Buckler.
The business, which has been in the shopping centre for eight years, has already sent its first load of 16 boxes packed with recyclable goods to a specialised depot.
It is asking anyone with used cartridges to bring them in and help the charity, which provides support to people and their families living with a life-threatening illness.
“We would urge people and particularly local businesses not to just throw away their old cartridges but to bring them to us where we can sort them and arrange pick-ups for cash for the hospice,” said Mrs Buckler.
“It is a win-win situation.”
At present, around 60 per cent of empty ink cartridges end up in landfill sites. They can take up to 1,000 years to decompose.