Cartridges 4 Planet Ark: Printer Cartridges recycling programme

Last Modified: Fri Apr 06 2018 08:57:19 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 15 years
    into its operation, the program is an innovative recycling program that provides Australians with a free, easy and environmentally-accredited way to recycle their used printer cartridges. The aim of the program is to divert as many cartridges from Australian landfills as possible.
  • 5,000 tonnes
    of material, including laser toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges, photocopier toner bottles and drums, that will eventually end up in landfill each year if not recycled. When printer cartridges break apart in landfill, they have the potential to contaminate groundwater and the environment.
  • 6
    manufacturing partners. Planet Ark is successfully working with Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta and Kyocera to collectively take responsibility for the end life of their products. This voluntary Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program is one of the most successful of its type in the world.
  • 7
    collection partners. By participating in the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' campaign Australia Post, Officeworks, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Office Brands, and CartridgesDirect are helping their customers to responsibly dispose of the cartridges they use at home or work.
  • 1
    resource recovery partner. Close the Loop has provided the collection, recycling and resource recovery operations for the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program since its conception in 2003.
  • 30,000
    businesses that participate in the recycling program.
  • 3,000
    retail outlets that facilitate the recycling.
  • 37 million
    printer cartridges to be recycled before the end of March 2018. Earlier target included 34 million printer cartridges to be recycled before the end of March 2017 which was met before time.
  • 38,074,336
    cartridges collected as on 26-Apr-2018, exceeding the Mar 2018 target.
  • 14,500 tonnes
    of printer cartridges have been collected giving new life and value to what would otherwise become complex waste.
  • 13,500
    Current run rate of number of cartridges recycled each working day!