Council Toolkit

To make it as easy as possible to promote the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ program to your residents, staff and colleagues, we have developed a range of promotional resources for you to use.

If you would like to promote the number of cartridges recycled in your area, simply email a list of your postcodes and we’ll get the figures for you.

Adaptable Media Release

Cartridges 4 Planet Ark teams up with Surfrider Foundation Australia to combat ocean plastic pollution

residents can drop off their printer cartridges during May to help keep valuable materials out of landfill and our oceans.

Planet Ark’s printer cartridge recycling program has pledged its support for Surfrider Foundation Australia (SFA) and will donate one cent per printer cartridge dropped off by Australians during May to support the foundation’s efforts in keeping Australia’s oceans and beaches clean.

SFA was founded in 1991 and has dedicated itself to protecting Australia’s coastlines since. It has recently launched the Ocean Friendly campaign, which aims to reduce the amount of single use plastic used by businesses throughout Australia’s extensive coastline communities.

“This collaboration is a great opportunity for residents to help preserve Australia’s natural beauty and keep valuable resources out of landfill by returning their cartridges to a local Cartridges 4 Planet Ark box this May,” said .

The announcement comes at the same time as new Planet Ark commissioned research from Pollinate which has found that 74% of Australians think that manufacturers should take more responsibility in managing their products’ end of life.

That same research found that community appetites for policy solutions to plastic waste are growing. Only 14% opposed tax incentives for product manufacturers who use recycled plastic, and surprisingly only 20% disagreed with a proposal to introduce a levy on plastic products to reduce consumption.

Cartridges 4 Planet Ark is built on corporate responsibility, with major printer companies Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta and Kyocera backing the program.

So far Australians have returned over 41 million cartridges, or enough to fill 82 Olympic swimming pools. These have been turned into a range of products, with the help of the program’s resource recovery partner Close the Loop, including Enviroliner pens, eWood garden beds and Tonerplas road surfaces.

residents can access the program for free by taking their printer cartridges to the local collection boxes located at .

This adaptable media release could also be used as a newsletter story.

Download the full adaptable media release.

Campaign Logo

To assist councils in promoting printer cartridge recycling, Planet Ark has developed the Recycle Your 'Cartridges for Planet Ark' logo. A zip file, with multiple file formats, is available for download here.  

If you do use the logo, we'd really appreciate you sending us a copy of any promotions or resources you use the logo for. Wherever possible we like to keep these for our records. If you have any questions feel free to contact us on 1300 733 712 or at


A range of up-to-date resources such as posters, infographics and share graphics can be found in our resource kit.

Adaptable E-mail

The below email can be used to help us promote the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program to your residents, staff and colleagues. Simply cut and paste the text below and hit send!

Small actions make a big impact with Cartridges 4 Planet Ark

[Insert council name] is helping Planet Ark celebrate the achievements of its printer cartridge recycling program.

The everyday actions of Australians can have a big impact on helping the environment, such as the small action of dropping-off a printer cartridge for recycling.

Since 2003 over 41 million cartridges have been recycled in Australia via Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, that's equivalent to 82 Olympic swimming pools. Saving thousands of tonnes of valuable resources such as metals and plastics from landfill and turning them into products such as garden beds, road surfaces and pens. 

“I encourage all [Insert council or area name] residents to recycle their used cartridges,” says [Insert mayor name], [Insert title]. “The success of this program over the past sixteen years shows how easy it is for the public to get involved and the real difference our actions can make to the environment.”

Participating manufacturers - Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta, and Kyocera - have partnered with Planet Ark to collectively ensure the responsible recycling of ink, laser cartridges, toner bottles and other items. The Cartridges 4 Planet Ark recycling program is free, convenient, independently audited, and coordinated through a network of over 30,000 workplaces and 3,500 retail drop-off locations nationwide.

OPTIONAL: [Insert council or area name] residents can take their printer cartridges to the special collection boxes located at [Insert public collection point locations].

To find your nearest drop-off location, visit or call the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark Hotline on 1800 24 24 73.

Or register your workplace for a free collection box at

Social Media

Share our social media posts or tag the Planet Ark Facebook page when you tell your followers about your support, hashtag #C4PA and tag @PlanetArk in your tweets.

For example:

  • Small actions, big impact!  Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, over 41 million cartridges recycled! #C4PA @PlanetArk
  • Local businesses may be eligible for a free ‘Cartridges 4 @PlanetArk' recycling box #C4PA
  • [Insert council name] residents can recycle their printer cartridges in special collection boxes located at [Insert public collection point locations*] #C4PA

Find local collection points at

Download our small actions, big impact grpahic and share it on your council's social media.

Click to enlarge. Right click and Save As to download.

Sharable Videos

Small actions, big impact with Cartridges 4 Planet Ark

Share our short video of Layne Beachley, 8-time World Surfing Champion show how easy it is to recycle your cartridges.

Lousy Ink - makers of 100% recycled ink from cartridges

Share Lousy's short video on how they created an amazing design using 100% recycled cartridge ink, for a one of a kind surfboard.

Schools and businesses

Encourage workplaces to register for a free collection box. Schools and businesses can also register to be a public drop off site for their community.