FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - For a couple of years now you have heard about ink cartridges used in your home or office printer being able to be recycled.
The city of Florence has now made it much easier to do that by allowing residents to drop them in with the rest of their curbside recycling.
Along with ink cartridges, technology has evolved allowing the city to accept cell phones that can be recycled for parts.
Rachel Mansell with Florence Recycling said it takes anywhere from 450-1,000 years for these items to decompose in a landfill.
“If they go to a landfill, they are made of metals and plastics, so they are going to stay there forever,” explained Mansell. “Or, they come to the recycle center and get a new life.”
The Florence Recycle Center recycled 3,340 tons of materials last year including paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum, steel, electronics, and fishing line.