FundingFactory Expands List of Recyclable Items Eligible for Funding

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In Addition to Printer Cartridges and Cell Phones, Schools and Nonprofits can Now Earn Funding for Small Electronics


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FundingFactory is broadening the list of electronics that qualify for funding in an effort to both further reduce the strain on the environment and increase funding potential for schools and nonprofit organizations.

More than 3.2 million tons of electronic waste – equivalent to around 1.6 million standard-sized cars – are piled into U.S. landfills each year. At the same time, budgets at schools and nonprofit organizations are being slashed virtually across the board. FundingFactory®, the nation’s largest fundraising by recycling program for schools and nonprofits, is expanding its list of electronics that organizations can recycle in return for funding.

FundingFactory program participants can now exchange small electronics such as digital cameras, MP3 players, and GPS systems for cash or points redeemable for new technology. The new qualifying items join inkjet cartridges, cell phones and laser cartridges as items accepted as part of the FundingFactory program.

“FundingFactory is broadening the list of electronics that qualify for funding in an effort to both further reduce the strain on the environment and increase funding potential for schools and nonprofit organizations,” said Sean Michaels, co-founder of the FundingFactory program and co-president of Environmental Reclamation Services. “Participants can earn technology funding for their schools and help the environment at the same time.”

The recession hit schools and nonprofit organizations especially hard in recent years, resulting in drastically reduced budgets and less money for staffing, technology and other vital improvements. A recent report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities indicates that 21 of the 24 states analyzed are providing less funding per student to school districts than they were last year. In addition, 17 of the 24 states are providing less per-student funding than they did at the onset of the recession four years ago.

Participating in FundingFactory is one way the affected organizations are making up for budget gaps.

“It provides a sense of teamwork for the community knowing that not only is the school asking for money come budget time, but we’re doing our own part to raise extra funds,” said Steve Pellowe, technology coordinator for West Boylston Public Schools in Massachusetts. The district has received more than $40,000 in technology funding through FundingFactory.

To take part in FundingFactory programs, schools and other nonprofit organizations can register for free at For-profit businesses can also participate at no cost by shipping recyclable items on a school or organization’s behalf. To learn more about FundingFactory, visit

About FundingFactory
Since its inception in 1998, FundingFactory has provided more than $26 million in funding to schools and nonprofit organizations across the United States, and saved 21 million pounds of waste from landfills. FundingFactory is a free fundraising by recycling program for schools, nonprofits, and charities. Participating organizations can earn points redeemable for cash or new technology by recycling empty printer cartridges, cell phones and other small electronics from their communities and supporters. FundingFactory is a program of Environmental Reclamation Services, LLC, a Clover Holdings company. Headquartered in Erie, Pa., ERS is an ISO Certified, Zero Landfill Initiative company with more than 97 percent of its incoming material reused or recycled. For more information, visit or /fundingfactory.

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