Recycle for a Reason Recycling Program

Over $242,000 Raised For Local Charities

Recycle for a Reason - Donation Chart Recycle for a Reason is Garvey’s Office Products toner and electronics recycling program. Each quarter, we collect used toner cartridges, flattened cardboard boxes and used electronics that our customers want to recycle. We pool all of these items together to raise money for local charitable organizations and keep the unwanted items out of landfills. Individually the rebate on recycled cartridges and electronics is not much, but when accumulated over time, it can make a difference!


In order to accomplish this goal of raising money for charity, we have guidelines on what we can and cannot collect. To view the list of items we can pick up, click here. In order to keep this program viable and be able to raise fund for these local charities, we ask that we pick-up recycling when we are dropping off an office supply order to you.


As you may know, we use the program to raise funds for some wonderful local charities. In the past eight years, Garvey's has been able to raise over $242,000 for local charities and we hope to continue to grow this program.


In 2016, we will raise money for:

1st Qtr: $10,412.22

City of Hope

2nd Qtr: $6,925.21

Haymarket Center

3rd Qtr: 8,497.87

4th Qtr: TBA


1st Qtr. Recipient: City of Hope

During the first quarter, we will be collecting empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for: City of Hope. City of Hope (COH) is a world leader in the research and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and other serious diseases. They deliver scientific miracles that make lives whole again.


City of Hope is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people with cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses. City of Hope's mission is to transform the future of health care by turning science into a practical benefit, hope into reality. We accomplish this by providing outstanding care, conducting innovative research and offering vital education programs focused on eliminating these diseases.


Founded in 1913, City of Hope is one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute. Their role as leaders in patient care, basic and clinical research, and the translation of science into tangible benefit is widely acknowledged.


Their community includes research associates, scientists, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, graduate students, fundraising specialists, marketing professionals, volunteers and an extensive support staff. They are united by our desire to find cures, save lives and transform the future of health. Every discovery we make and every new treatment we create gives people the chance to live longer, better and more fully.


City of Hope continues to be a pioneer of patient centered care and remains committed to its tradition of exceptional care for patients, families and communities. Each day, they live out their credo: 

"There is no profit in curing the body, if, in the process, we destroy the soul."


2nd Qtr. Recipient: Haymarket Center

During the second quarter, we will be collecting empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for: Haymarket Center. Haymarket Center was founded in 1975 by the late Monsignor Ignatius McDermott and Dr. James West, McDermott Center dba Haymarket Center is the largest not-for-profit community-based adult detoxification, residential, and outpatient substance abuse treatment facility in Chicago. Haymarket Center has continued to grow into a comprehensive alcohol and other drug treatment organization, licensed by the state of Illinois, which receives funding from the private sector, as well as city, county, state and federal agencies. The treatment programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF).


The mission of Haymarket Center is to aid people with chemical dependency in their recovery by providing a continuum of optimal professional care that is responsive to the identified needs of the community. Haymarket continues Monsignor Ignatius McDermott's (Father Mac) mission of treating the 'whole person' and restoring stability to those in treatment and their families. Haymarket goes beyond treatment of addiction – from detoxification, to recovery, to finding a home, learning a job skill and gaining employment. Haymarket Center's goal is to provide its clients with opportunities enabling them to lead productive and creative lifestyles without drugs.


3rd Qtr. Recipient: Bernie's Book Bank

During the third quarter, we will be collecting empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for: Bernie's Book Bank. Bernie's Book Bank mission is to collect, process and distribute quality new and gently used children's books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.


In 2008, Bernie's Book Bank Founder and Executive Director Brian Floriani left his job as a golf professional to become a reading paraprofessional for Shiloh Park Elementary in Zion, Illinois. The sudden death of his father, Dr. Bernard P. Floriani for whom Bernie's Book Bank is named, inspired him to do something different with his life.


Brian spent every day working with struggling readers. And while he was able to help each one individually, he realized that his efforts were not doing anything to prepare young readers to enter school. After learning that only 24 percent of incoming six-year-old children in Waukegan, Illinois interacted with books, Brian began to envision a business that would pour children's books into at-risk homes, and help prepare children to enter school "reading ready." He began collecting children's books in his garage and distributed them in age-appropriate bags to children at Shiloh Park Elementary. And thus, Bernie's Book Bank was born.


4th Qtr. Recipient: Greater Chicago Food Depository

During the fourth quarter, we will be collecting empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for the: Greater Chicago Food Depository. The mission of the Greater Chicago Food Depository is to provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.


The Food Depository, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children's programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 70 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 160,000 meals every day.


Help Us Make a Difference

It's a win/win situation, and it's never too late to start donating. Simply collect your flattened cardboard, empty toner cartridges and electronics and give them to your Garvey's driver whenever it's convenient. Be sure to check back often to see the latest updates and quarterly results.


To view the list of items we can pick up, click here.


For more information on City of Hope, visit

For more information on Haymarket Center, visit

For more information on Bernie's Book Bank, visit

For more information on Greater Chicago Food Depository, visit



Check out some of the past recipients of our Recycle for a Reason Program:

  • Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
  • Easter Seals
  • Misericordia
  • Jane Addams Hull House
  • Girls Scouts of Northern IL
  • Prevent Child Abuse America
  • Rotary Club Chicago Near North
  • Aspire Chicago
  • UCAN
  • American Heart Association
  • Youth Serivces of Northbrook/Glenview
  • Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network
  • The DuSable Museum of African American History
  • Catholic Charities
  • Streetwise
  • Make A WIsh Illinois
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Chicago Urban League
  • The Salvation Army
  • Inspiration Corporation
  • Youth Build Lake County
  • Concordia Place
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Bernie's Book Bank
  • Center on Halsted
  • Good News Partners
  • Aging Care Connections
  • The Resurrection Project
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Pacific Garden Mission
  • Greater Chicago Food Despository
  • City of Hope
  • Haymarket Center
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