Residents in Surrey may have been able to help one local charity by recycling their old ink cartridges.

The Leatherhead Advertiser reports that more than £2,000 has been raised for the Wildlife Aid Foundation from printer supplies donated to 15 recycling centres across the county.

Gareth Swain, regional manager at SITA Surrey, the waste management firm that runs the facilities, said: "Recycling empty cartridges instead of putting them in the bin has a doubly positive effect. Not only does it help the environment, but at the same time it raises much-needed funds for this local charity."

Founder of the Wildlife Aid Foundation Simon Cowell added he was "delighted" to have the support of the county's residents.

The charity cares for sick, injured and orphaned animals across the UK with the aim of returning them to their natural habitat.

It was formed 30 years ago and deals with more than 20,000 wildlife emergencies every year.