June 10, 2004
Recycling Program Will Help Regina
District Food Bank Purchase Milk for Children in Need
Of the approximately 100 million inkjet
cartridges used in Canada each year, only 5-10% are ever
recycled. The rest are simply thrown away, adding
unnecessary waste to Canadian landfills. Could these
used cartridges - as well as the millions of
out-of-service cell phones currently sitting in homes
and offices across the country - be put to more
constructive use? The Regina and District Food Bank
Today, the Food Bank announced how the
public can participate in an innovative program - one
that will recycle inkjet cartridges and cell phones to
help the environment and at the same time provide
funding to purchase milk for less fortunate children in
Regina and area.
Called thINK FOOD/Phones for Food, the
program was begun in 2001 to provide a stable source of
funding for the Toronto Food Bank. Since then, it has
expanded throughout the country, with used printer
cartridges and cell phones now providing funds for
approximately 160 Canadian food banks.
The Regina and District Food Bank is now
one of them. During a news conference at Ken Jenkins
School in Regina, the Food Bank - together with partners
Purolator Courier, the City of Regina, the Province of
Saskatchewan and SaskEnergy - announced that members of
the public can drop off used inkjet cartridges and cell
phones at different Regina locations, including the Food
Bank, City Hall and SaskEnergy's Regina Service Centre.
Purolator Courier will then ship the
cartridges and cell phones free-of-charge to the thINK
FOOD/Phones for Food offices in Toronto, where they will
be sold to the recycling industry. The proceeds will be
returned to the Food Bank in order to purchase milk for
less fortunate children in the Regina area. Each
recycled cartridge or cell phone will purchase up to six
litres of milk for the Food Bank.
The recycling program will help provide
much-needed nutritional assistance for some Regina-area
children, according to Wayne Hellquist, Chief Executive
Officer of the Food Bank.
"We have been unable to provide milk for
children over five years of age simply because of
limited supply and the cost of purchase," he said.
"Funds generated through thINK FOOD/Phones for Food will
provide milk to more children each week throughout the
year. And just imagine - we will all be helping keep
toxic waste from our landfill while providing nutritious
food for children in need."
Minister of Community Resources and
Employment Joanne Crofford agrees.
"Think Food/Phones for Food is a unique
idea for raising funds and, at the same time, protecting
the environment," she said. "On behalf of the Province,
I want to congratulate the Regina Food Bank on their
participation in this very worthwhile project and I want
to thank all those sponsors and partners, both national
and local, who are helping to make this project a
The City of Regina is also an
enthusiastic supporter of the program.
"Recycling programs like thINK FOOD help
to reduce the amount of waste that goes into the City's
landfill each year. The more we recycle, the less waste
we produce," said Deputy Mayor Jerry Flegel.
A list of locations where the public may
donate their used inkjet cartridges and old cell phones
is printed on a collection bag to be distributed with
the June 27 edition of the Regina Sun. Members of the
public may also find the nearest drop-off location by
contacting the Regina and District Food Bank.
For further information, please contact:
Chief Executive Officer
Regina and District Food Bank