Talking Trash with Resham Shirsat: Printer Cartridge and Toner Recycling Program Launched — We Need Your Help


By Resham Shirsat, Director of Sustainability

In September 2015, an informative article outlining the environmental, social and economic need to responsibly recycle used or unwanted printer cartridges and toners was published in The Grove. After a long stakeholder engagement process among Procurement, Sustainability, Courier Services, Campus Libraries and our new vendor PCR America, we have now successfully implemented a printer cartridge and toner recycling program through partnerships across the College.

The opportunity to recycle printer cartridges and toners from work or from home will now be available to both employees and students. We need your help to get the word out and help your peers properly recycle. An implementation toolkit has been created to help with that effort and can be downloaded here. The toolkit offers:

  1. A written overview of the program that includes contacts and procedures for employees and students
  2. An employee communications flyer that can be posted above outgoing mailboxes in departments
  3. A student communications flyer that can be posted above library collection bins
  4. An informational slide that can be used to project on TVs

Please share this toolkit to create change in your departments. Post the employee flyer above the outgoing mailbox you use. Librarians will assist us in posting the student flyer at each campus library.

Although all details are provided in the implementation toolkit, it is important for employees to know that recycling these items is as simple as placing it in your outgoing mailbox. No supplemental packaging or labeling is needed. Students may also recycle printer cartridges and toner at their campus library by dropping their items in the clearly marked bins.


Waste reduction is not possible without the cooperation of every individual. Let’s all do our part and decrease the amount of garbage overflowing our campus dumpsters. If you have questions that the toolkit does not answer, please contact me at or extension 1830.

Thank you for your support.

1 Comment

  • Karen said:

    This is great! Thanks for the flyers. I will distribute to my students. I hope all instructors inform their students about this.

    PMTue, 15 Mar 2016 21:58:43 +0000Tue, 15 Mar 2016 21:58:43 +0000pm16,9:58 pm

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