Recycling Printer Cartridges 4 Planet Ark

Since my laser printer cartridge had just run out, I was looking for a place to recycle it when I discovered Printer Cartridges 4 Planet Ark which allows you to enter your postcode or council name to see where you can recycle toner & ink cartridges in your local area

The ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ recycling program is organised by Planet Ark in partnership with resource recovery specialist Close the Loop and Australia’s leading cartridge manufacturers.


To quote from their promotional material:

It has been estimated that over 80% of our used cartridges are going directly to landfill.

Australians throw away more than 18 million cartridges every year.

This amounts to over 5,000 tonnes of material, including laser toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges, photocopier toner bottles and drums, that will eventually end up in landfill. That’s why Planet Ark set up �Cartridges 4 Planet Ark�.

That’s why we want you to put them in our bin, NOT the garbage bin!

Placing old printer cartridges into landfill can cause problems for the environment. Planet Ark is working with Close The Loop�, an Australian hi-tech resource recovery company, to prevent these problems. The recycling technology is so advanced that nothing goes to waste.

Almost 60% of the laser cartridges are sent to the original equipment manufacturers for their remanufacturing or component recovery programs. All inkjet cartridges, toner bottles and laser drums are processed to recycle their component materials into new products.

The component materials recovered include aluminium, steel, plastic, toner, ink and foam. All are recycled into new products or reused in new applications. Even residue toner is reused as pigment for colouring plastic products.

Australia’s printer industry is supporting the effort, with Brother, Canon, Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark, Konica Minolta, Epson and Panasonic sponsoring this world-leading program and covering the cost of collecting and recycling the cartridges.

�Cartridges 4 Planet Ark� is the ultimate printer cartridge recycling solution. YOU can get involved.

The public can drop off their used cartridges in specially marked boxes at participating Australia Post, Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Tandy, Dick Smith Electronic and Powerhouse outlets. A full list of collection outlets are listed at

So don’t waste your waste – donate your Cartridges 4 Planet Ark

13 Replies to “Recycling Printer Cartridges 4 Planet Ark”

  1. Recycling is not as good as re-using. Planet Ark is designed to recyle perfectly good cartridges into park benches or have them sent to China. See

    These cartridges are worth money to the user as well.

    Do not give cartridges to Planet Ark, by doing so you are wasting a perfectly good cartridge that could be used many times.

    Jeff –

    EDITOR: obviously Jeff makes a $ out of cartridge reuse, but I think he’s right in stating that some items like cartridges should be re-used as many times as possible before recycling them

  2. Thank you for airing my views.

    We should attempt to make sure EVERY item be re-used before investing energy by having it recycled. We do with houses, cars, pushbikes etc, no reason to stop there!

  3. The following is ‘s argument for recycling printer cartridges

    Most rescued cartridges can be reused many times. Our Research & Development Department are constantly looking at ways to extend the life of each cartridge

    Do we throw away our cars when they run out of petrol? Or if the battery goes flat? Of course not! Likewise a cartridge that is used is not waste it just needs to be re-built, re-charged or re-filled and it can resume it’s life – just like our cars.

    * REUSE of any quantity is better than grinding or melting down a product which then has to be remade using more valuable resources

    * All cartridges should have the opportunity of REUSE before any other

    * REUSE and Recycling is great – Premature Destruction of a product is Bad

    * It requires 20 times more energy to make a new cartridge than to REUSE one

    * A new cartridge uses up to 3 litres of oil in its production

    * Every imported cartridge causes economic and environmental impact – RESCUE and REUSE promotes Australian Jobs

  4. Well it seems today we often forget the 3 R’s and go straight to the last one.
    “Reduce Reuse Recycle” for those that have forgotten
    So… Reduce Use of products, Reuse containers, and then Recycle them.

    I believe that’s the essence of this matter present here.

  5. Great Post! I totally support the idea of recycling…not just printer cartridges, but also many other daily items. Seriously….I think Mother Earth is calling for our help here and every little bit helps….So, Let’s all support Recycling!!!

  6. Recycling and Donating keeps e-waste out of landfills which is always a good thing. Electronic Items need to be disposed of properly to stop the contamination in our air and water supply.

  7. Cartridges for Planet Ark is a fantastic idea and service, however some of the larger companies would find it hard getting their larger amounts of used cartridges to a Planet Ark outlet. We at Cartridges R Us in Sydney are happy to arrange pick up of your used printer cartridges. This service is for Sydneysiders only at this stage
    Cartridges R Us re-use whenever we can. Any cartridges that can no longer be used are then sent to Planet Ark to become parkbenches etc. To arrange pick up of your used cartridges, we can be contacted at [email protected]

  8. Remanufactured cartridges are definitely the way to go. Not only are they probably a quarter of the cost of a new cartridge but they are almost exactly the same. They basically just replace the print heads and refill it. An even greener option would be to buy a refill kit yourself and eliminate the middle man.

  9. The easiest way to recycle an old cartridge is to take it with you when you buy the new one.

    In America Staples, office max, and office depot all proved envelopes (postage prepaid) for you to send your old cartridges in. Some places even have large bins to place them in. Next time, take your old one with you, not only will it help you know what size to purchase, but you can also leave the old one at the store.

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