WE ASK YOU TO SEND ORIGINAL CARTRIDGES ONLY
The MIRA Foundation’s printer cartridges/cellular recycling program is managed from its fundraising office in Quebec City.
The first step to participate in this program is to register. To do so, download the Registration Form in Word 97 and +
General procedure for pickups
For Quebec City and surroundings
Outside of Quebec City
For the Montreal and Laval areas
If you only have a few cartridges or cell phones, please consult this list to find your nearest drop off location.
For more information or questions:
Montreal and Laval Tel : 418-876-1202 ext 228 or 1-800-799-6472 ext 228 Fax : 418-876-1208 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Other regions Tel : 418-876-1202 ext 224 or 1-800-799-6472 ext 224 Fax : 418-876-1208 Email : email@example.com
We want this project to work on two issues: increase the number of dogs given and protect our planet by encouraging respect of the environment.
MIRA THANKS YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY
We hope you will share our enthousiasm for this project.
On October 21st 1981, MIRA proudly presented two blind individuals with the first two guide dogs trained in Quebec. At that moment, after having evaluated the needs of blind individuals, MIRA began a charitable endeavor completely dedicated to helping the handicapped.
The first order of business was to ensure that both users and partners would be willing participants as we sought to establish both a viable range of services and funding to provide dogs free of charge. In 1994, MIRA was looking for new fundraising projects and conducted a market study based on recycling empty printer cartridges within different businesses in the Quebec region.
Ninety percent of responders were aware that the cartridges they were throwing in the garbage were recyclable. Of this group, ten percent were recycling, but only occasionally. From this data, non-scientific but quite revealing, we realized it was the perfect time to implement a collection program for laser and ink jet cartridges in the Quebec region.
It was a major challenge to incite people who were throwing cartridges in the garbage, to begin the habit of recycling them. Our first success was our personal approach toward each business we contacted. We established the best collection method to suit each businesses needs.
Our second success was to get people into the habit of recycling cartridges instead of easily throwing them in the garbage. What was once a tedious task quickly became a natural gesture. We created a collective consciousness, a call for action, joining a humanitarian cause with an environmental cause.
So by creating a bond with the businesses, the MIRA Foundation was able to incite interest in recycling, where so many other recyclers had failed. Today, over 6,500 businesses and individuals subscribe to our recycling program across Canada.
What do we do with the cartridges?
When they arrive at our warehouse, the cartridges are sorted by client, and client’s files are noted for income tax receipts, if applicable. Then the cartridges are sorted by model type. We sort around 100,000 laser cartridges, and 95,000 ink jet cartridges a year.
Twice a year, we issue call for tenders to about forty recyclers. The cartridges are sold to the highest bidder. Recyclers clean, repair and add new powder before putting them back on the market as remanufactured cartridges. Certain types of cartridges can be recycled several times.
Thanks to the involvement of thousands of businesses and individuals, MIRA has been able to provide guide dogs and service dogs, free of charge, to individuals with one or many visual or motor disabilities, and to children presenting Pervasive Development Disorders such as autism. A guide dog or service dog costs $30,000, and that’s why MIRA needs people like you, to continue its work.