Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 11:59

The Eden Project is marking Recycle Week (June 22-28) by encouraging people to not throw away their old printer ink cartridges.

By sending empty cartridges to a freepost address, people can ensure that they get reused and that £1 per cartridge will be donated to Eden’s charitable programmes.

Nicola Hawkins, Eden’s Fundraising Officer, said: "According to a recent poll, 49 per cent of people in the UK don’t recycle their ink cartridges and it is estimated that this results in tens of millions of cartridges either being incinerated or put in landfill every year. Let's stop this waste and help raise money for Eden’s charitable programmes at the same time. Please help our appeal by recycling your old ink jet cartridge."

These programmes include Mud Between Your Toes, which encourages children to reconnect with the outside world. The aim is to combat the increasing alienation of children from their environment.

Also set to benefit is Climate Revolution, Eden’s climate change programme. This ranges from educational projects with schools, the exploration of new technologies for a low carbon world, research projects, climate-related events, conferences and training sessions.

Another of Eden’s charitable schemes is People and Gardens, based at the project’s Watering Lane Nursery. People and Gardens is a support service run by and for people whose lives have been affected by disabilities ranging from severe autism to Down’s Syndrome. They aim to promote emotional and physical wellbeing through gardening and group activities within a real working environment.

Anyone who would like to recycle their cartridges for Eden can freephone 0800 435 576 or visit to order recycling envelopes. The Eden Project is owned by the Eden Trust, registered charity number 1093070.

Further details on Eden’s charitable work can be found on the project’s website at