Students of the South Polytechnic State University in Marietta recently took a creative approach to recycling empty ink cartridges when, to help beat exams stress, they tore the components to pieces using several blenders. Along with similar used components including defunct printers and old keyboards, the student chapter of the Association of Computer Machinery paid $1 for the opportunity to shred their used cartridges. One of a dozen student witnesses to the rampage, freshman James Mahoney, told AJCNews.com: ‘Destruction is always fun when it’s rampant.’
The faculty advisor to the Association of Computer Machinery recommended the Blendtec Total Blender to the group, after seeing the machine perform on YouTube. Powered by 1500 Watts, the blender will shred almost anything; although, as AJCNews.com reports, ‘it gets tripped up with some metals and, as students discovered, ink cartridges
.’ The students, extremely relaxed and ready for their exams after the rampage, plan to recycle the shredded remains of the empty ink cartridges. Though where they intend to do so remains to be seen - whether the Cartridge Recycling Programs at Canon and Lexmark accept powered plastic is doubtful.