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Recycle for Dollars

More than 3.2 million tons of electronic waste is piled into U.S. landfills each year.
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More than 3.2 million tons of electronic waste is piled into U.S. landfills each year. At the same time, budgets at schools are being slashed across the board. To help with these issues, FundingFactory is expanding its list of electronics that organizations can recycle in return for funding. FundingFactory program participants can now exchange small electronics such as digital cameras, MP3 players, and GPS systems for cash or points redeemable for new technology. The new qualifying items join inkjet cartridges, cell phones and laser cartridges as items accepted as part of the FundingFactory program.

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FundingFactory Announces Second Annual ‘Recycling Rumble’ Winners

FundingFactory, the nation’s largest fundraising by recycling program for schools and nonprofits, announces the winners of the second annual ‘Recycling Rumble’. 537 winning schools and nonprofits overcame their opponents in each rumble match-up where they competed for two months to recycle the largest quantity of electronic waste (e-waste). The winning schools and nonprofits earned a 25 percent fundraising bonus, and the top recycler overall won an Apple® iPad®. This year’s top recycler was Manteca High School of Manteca, Calif., recycling 6,535 items and earning more than $3,200. In total, Recycling Rumble participants raised $148,305 and recycled a total of 217,524 items.

FundingFactory Reports Increased Recycling by Schools and Nonprofits

Schools and nonprofits reached a record-level 3.2 million pounds of e-waste recycled in 2011 through FundingFactory, yet only a small fraction of printer cartridges, mobile devices and other small electronics are recycled in the United States. To heighten awareness, and participation in e-waste recycling, FundingFactory pledges an Act of Green in honor of Earth Day 2012 by planting one tree for every 100 recyclable items received during the month of April.

FundingFactory Announces Winners of ‘Recycling Rumble’

More than 1,144 total schools and nonprofits nationwide contended for the Top Recycler title in FundingFactory’s “Recycling Rumble” competition from March 13 to May 31.  The winning schools and nonprofits earned a 25 percent fundraising bonus, while the top recycler, Panhandle Humane Society of Scottsbluff, Neb. won a new Apple® iPad®. Throughout the competition, participants collected and shipped used inkjet and toner cartridges, cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras and GPS devices to FundingFactory, earning one point for each qualifying item redeemable for cash or new technology.

FundingFactory Celebrates 15 Years of Supporting Schools and Nonprofits with E-Waste Recycling Fundraiser

FundingFactory celebrates 15 years of helping schools raise funds, while protecting the environment from electronic waste and building awareness of environmental stewardship. Since 1997, more than 50,000 schools and nonprofit organizations have participated in the program, raising more than $31 million total. To celebrate its 15-year anniversary, FundingFactory created a timeline of events, highlighting key program successes over the years.

Recycling program boosts school revenues

Businesses across the US are recycling used ink cartridges and personal electronics to equip their favorite charities and local schools with funding for new technologies and supplies.

FundingFactory Honors America Recycles Day Through ‘Care2Collect Just 1’ Drive

In recognition of America Recycles Day, November 15, FundingFactory is sponsoring the “Care2Collect Just 1” campaign to help schools, nonprofits and businesses in protecting the environment while supporting their local communities. Participants are encouraged to recycle one e-waste item through FundingFactory, and donate one non-perishable food item to their local food bank.  For every 100 recyclable items collected, FundingFactory will donate $1 to Second Harvest Food Bank with the goal of raising more than $3,000. Additionally, the free recycling fundraiser aims to raise awareness for America Recycles Day by collecting and recycling more than 300,000 recyclables by the end of November.