Recycle for a Reason Recycling Program

Over $257,000 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 nine years, Garvey's has been able to raise over $257,000 for local charities and we hope to continue to grow this program.


In 2016, we raised money for:

1st Qtr: $10,412.22

City of Hope

2nd Qtr: $6,925.21

Haymarket Center

3rd Qtr: 8,497.87

4th Qtr: 15,312.01


1st Qtr. of 2017 Recipient: AgeOptions

During the first quarter of 2017, we will be collecting empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for: AgeOptions. AgeOptions is a nonprofit organization connecting older adults and those who care for them with resources and service options so they can live their lives to the fullest. Since 1974, their mission has been to sustain and promote independence for older persons in their own homes and communities.


As the Area Agency on Aging of suburban Cook County, Illinois, they advocate, plan, coordinate and fund services for older adults. Together with a network of community-based senior service organizations, they connect residents with vital services such as information and assistance, community dining programs and home-delivered meals, housekeeping help, employment services, access to benefits and support for family caregivers.

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 AgeOptions, 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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