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Posted: 20/12/10

College gives charities Christmas cheer

Kind-hearted staff at West Nottinghamshire College have donated over £500 to three charities today through a money-making recycling initiative.

Over 800 used ink cartridges have been turned into £500 cash by recycling them through a company called GreenTech International Ltd. 

Every day GreenTech pays many companies, schools and government agencies to recycle their empty toner or inkjet printer cartridges.  In the last ten years the company has recycled 147 football pitches worth of empty printer cartridges.

The money is being divided up between the Halls Homeless Shelter based in Mansfield, the college’s Students’ Union Ghana fund and principal Asha Khemka’s Inspire and Achieve Foundation.

The college’s procurement manager Angie Pilgrim said: “The college is very committed to recycling initiatives and through recycling ink cartridges from our college campuses we’ve been able to get cash back.  What better way to spend this at Christmas than on charities close to our hearts.”

Staff at the college’s Ransom Hall campus also donated their Christmas tree to Karen Rollings, who is the project manager at the Halls Homeless Shelter on Woodhouse Road.

Karen said: “We’re incredibly grateful for the donation from West Notts.  This money will go towards the cost of the Christmas meal we are serving to our clients at St Peters’ Church on Thursday.

“We’ve had so much kindness from the community such as cash and food donations from schools, churches and one lady even gave us her pensioners’ winter fuel allowance.”

Caption: Students' Union president James Stafford, Karen Rollings from the Halls Homeless Shelter, the college’s procurement manager Angie Pilgrim, Inprint operations manager Alan Sheppard and procurement officer Garry Checklin