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Ayer-Harvard-Shirley-Devens Rotary learns about ‘going green’

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DEVENS — Steve Trask, of Cartridge World in Chelmsford, and Suzanne Flynn Perotta, of AT&T, joined the Ayer-Harvard-Shirley-Devens Rotary Club as special guest speakers to talk about the 3 R’s on “going green.”

Those “green” words are REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. Trask highlighted ways that Rotary Club members can use refurbished toner cartridges, versus buying new, and recycling toner cartridges, on all your office equipment.

According to Trask, 350 million cartridges are dumped into our landfills, a big problem that continues to grow.

His company will pick up and deliver the cartridges for free. Trask suggested buying refurbished cartridges locally because you can save 30 to 40 percent off the cartridge sales price. He also said the refurbished cartridges work and last as long as new ones.

Perotta offered some ideas on how to recycle in the office including donating used equipment to charities and setting up recycling bins in the office for paper, cardboard, plastics and glass items. Depending on the size of the company, someone should monitor the program to make sure it continues to run according to plan.

Ayer-Harvard-Shirley-Devens Rotary Club is made up of members from the towns of Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Devens. The Club is very active in the local towns providing scholarships and community service to the local communities. Other recent recipients of Rotary donations include Loaves & Fishes; Habitat for Humanity; Ayer, Harvard and Shirley fire departments; Groton Women’s Club; Blister Buddies’ MS Walk; and more.

The club meets every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. Come join us for a night of fun and Rotary fellowship. For more information, please contact Dave Swain, Ayer-Harvard-Shirley-Devens Rotary president, at dswain@daveswainassociates.com.