Planet Ark encourages everyone to address the e-waste epidemic, and ease the burden on Australia's landfill by recycling their used printer cartridges. Simply drop your cartridges into a 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' recycling box.
Why recycle printer cartridges?
Every printer cartridge represents an investment in resources including plastics, foam, metal and inks and toners. By recycling them we can keep both valuable and potentially dangerous materials out of landfill.
Recycling also prevents carbon being released into the atmosphere. From the campaign's launch in 2003 to 2016 over 31 million cartridges have been recycled. This represents 13,400 tonnes of cartridges being diverted from landfill.
What happens to the waste?
The collected cartridges are transported to Close the Loop®, an Australian high tech recycling and resource recovery company. From here, over 50% of the laser cartridges are sent to the original equipment manufacturers for their remanufacturing or component recovery programs.
The remaining cartridges are broken down and processed to recycle their component parts into new products. This process recovers materials such as aluminium, steel, plastics, foam, toner and ink.
And all of this is achieved with a zero waste to landfill guarantee.
What Can Be Recycled?
'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collects and processes all brands and all types of imaging consumables used in printers, photocopiers and fax machines. This includes:
- Inkjet cartridges
- Laser cartridges
- Toner bottles
- Fuser and drum units
- Print heads
- Hoppers/containers/collectors and kits and
- Fax rolls
Where can I recycle my own cartridges?
For household and micro-businesses the easiest way to recycle your cartridges is to take them to one of our retail drop off partners. These include all Officeworks and JB HiFi stores and participating Australia Post, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, Office National and Office Products Depot outlets.
(Please note, some boxes may not be visible or on display due to limited store floor space, in these cases please ask the staff at the counter and hand cartridge directly to them.)
How do I set up a business collection?
For businesses that use more than 3 cartridges a month, getting involved is as easy as following these 3 steps:
- Register for a free collection box online at 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'.
- The free collection box will be sent directly to your workplace with instructions on how to set it up.
- Once your collection box is full and ready to be picked up, call the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' hotline on 1800 2424 73 and a courier will come to collect it (metropolitan areas only). Alternatively, if you have an internal mail room with regular Australia Post pick ups, you can leave it there for collection.
And all of this is free.
You can be issued with a Resource Recovery Certificate, which shows, by weight, the amount of cartridges that have been kept out of landfill.