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Recycling old clutter could raise cash for cats

Cats Protection, the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, is appealing for people to take part in a new recycling scheme in a bid to raise vital cash to help unwanted and abandoned cats.


To coincide with its 80th Anniversary, the charity has teamed up with electronic waste management company Reclaim-ItTM to launch a new fundraising appeal that involves recycling old mobile phones and empty printer cartridges.

Cats Protection will receive a donation for each phone or cartridge sent to Reclaim-ItTM, which will help the charity continue caring for and rehoming cats across the UK.

Janet Wickens, the charity’s Head of Fundraising and Communications, said: “For our 80th year we have set ourselves a target of recycling 800 mobile phones and 800 printer cartridges, so we are urging people to join in the scheme to help both cats and the environment.

“Recycling these items will prevent them being placed in landfill sites, whilst the resulting donation to Cats Protection will help us give unwanted cats a second chance in life. Just one old mobile phone is worth around £5, so each item really will make a difference.”

Special freepost envelopes in which to send your phone or cartridge can be obtained by visiting www.reclaim-it.com/custom/catsprotection.htm, emailing catsprotection@reclaim-it.com or phoning Reclaim-ItTM on 01635 876900.

Furthermore, businesses can get involved with the appeal at no cost to themselves. Small offices or shops can order a display box, complete with freepost envelopes for staff, customers or visitors to take away. Large offices can also order collection boxes in which to place empty cartridges. As soon as these are full, simply contact Reclaim-It™ who will collect the box and replace it with a new one.

HSBC’s Commercial Centre in Kingston-upon-Thames is one of the businesses taking part. Tania Gibbins, Commercial Officer, said: “This is a great opportunity to help the environment and Cats Protection by simply recycling empty printer cartridges and old mobile phones, so I would encourage as many people as possible to take part.”

Cats Protection rehomes around 60,000 cats and kittens each year through its nationwide network of 29 Adoption Centres and 261 volunteer run Branches. The charity’s vision is to ensure that every cat is given the chance of a life where it will be treated with kindness and understanding of its needs.