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Stow Freemasons – Printing Money for Charities

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Stow Freemasons – Printing Money for Charities

Nothing to be concerned about, other than a misleading title. There is no printing press hidden at Stow-on-the-Wold fremmasons hall (that we know of), though there is a elegantly simple yet lucrative recycling box.

Who would have thought it? Dropping used ink cartridges into the cartridge recycling box has raised The Prince of Wales Benevolent Fund the Princely sum of £185.55 – not to mention the environmental benefits.

IT guru Bro Malcolm Wearing has donated the cartridge recycling bin to allow all Freemasons and visitors to Stow on the Wold Freemason centre, to drop off their used ink cartridges for recycling.

Ian Jackson of Prince of Wales lodge shares the following  …

  • More than 40 million ink cartridges are dumped in the UK alone each year.
  • More than 1.1 billion ink jet cartridges are used annually around the world. Laid end to end this would be 129 times as long as the Great Wall of China!
  • If you dispose of your printer cartridges in the bin they will take  an estimated 1000 years to decompose
  • Industry analysts estimate a spent cartridge can be reused or remanufactured up to 7 times and every cartridge re-manufactured is one less item going directly to the landfill!!!

“Malcolm sends our empty cartridges to ’empties please’ who then clean, re chip and then refill them to be reintroduced into the general market and we earn ££ for our Charity Chest!  It couldn’t be simpler.

Thanks to all the Brethren who have dropped off their cartridges, the bin will remain in the bar area for the foreseeable future, so please remember to ‘donate’ your empty cartridges for charity and help save the environment.  Thank you and well done AL & MAL.”

Ian, Alan and Malcom hope that other centres might follow suit in the simple initiative.

Well done to Malcolm Wearing for coming up with the idea and bringing it to life.  Prince of Wales Charity Steward – Alan Page – was delighted to receive the cheque at Techtonic HQ.  We thank Ian Jackson for sharing this initiative a Photograph.

 

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Printing money. Alan receiving a cheque from Malcom at Techtronic.
Stow Freemasons – Printing Money for Charities