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 www.RecyclingNearYou.com.au
So don’t waste your waste – donate your Cartridges 4 Planet Ark