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.

Buying It Back 

Residents and local businesses, through recycling their cartridges with Cartridges for Planet Ark, have diverted tonnes of plastic and electronic waste from landfill for over 15 years. But collecting the “waste” cartridges is just the beginning of an innovative process to turn waste back into valuable products.

Cartridges for Planet Ark can provide real environmental benefits back into your local community through one of its end recycled products TonerPlas.

TonerPlas is an asphalt additive, comprised of waste toner from printer cartridges, as well as soft plastics from the RedCycle program. It is a valuable waste solution for mixed plastics and an alternative to oil derived additives.

To date, almost 2000kms of TonerPlas roads have been laid, in over 50 council regions across Australia. For every one-kilometre section of two-lane local asphalt road, five tonnes of TonerPlas is used, which equates to 530,000 plastic bags and waste toner from 12,300 cartridges.

The success of this recycling program is thanks to the voluntary participation of its partners; including Brother, Canon, Epson, HP and Kyocera. These manufacturers have acknowledged the importance of creating a circular system by recycling their products.

Now is the perfect time for your council to also engage with the circular economy, with Cartridges 4 Planet Ark and TonerPlas providing a closed loop service. Plastic waste collected by your residents turned into a valuable asphalt additive and used to build better quality roads in your council region.

Find out more: The road to economic and environmental recovery is paved by recycling

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 45 million cartridges have been recycled in Australia via Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, that's equivalent to 90 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 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

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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.

Participating Manufacturers
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