Every year millions of pounds of inkjet, laser, fax, and copier cartridges — as well as old cell phones, laptops, and electronic games — are tossed into landfills. By collaborating on an annual “Cartridges for Kids” recycling contest that culminates on Earth Day, Herr Memorial Library and Mifflinburg Elementary School are educating children about how recycling helps the environment and keeping these toxic items out of landfills at the same time.
For the fifth consecutive year, each kindergarten, first, second, and third grade classroom at the school had a special container for students to fill with used ink cartridges and unwanted electronic devices. When the containers were collected by library staff members on April 21, a record total of 495 recyclable items had been donated — almost 150 more than last year!
In addition to learning that their efforts can have a direct impact on the health of the planet, the students’ participation raises funds for Herr Memorial Library’s children’s programming. All recyclable items are sent to the Cartridges for Kids company and, as one of more than 10,000 nonprofit organizations nationwide that participate, Herr Memorial Library receives a small amount of money in return.
The kindergarten winners were members of Miss Bird’s class, the first grade winners were members of Miss Kuhns’ class, the second grade winners — also the overall winners with 71 items collected — were members of Mrs. Servinsky’s class, and the third grade winners were members of Mrs. Enders’ class. All winning classes received Earth Day-themed prizes.
Donations of ink cartridges and small electronic devices are accepted year-round at Herr Memorial Library, located at 500 Market Street in Mifflinburg. The library is open from 7 to 9 p.m.on Mondays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.on Saturdays.
For more information, call 966-0831.