Isn't reuse better than recycling?
The waste hierarchy places different approaches to managing waste in order of environmental benefit:
- Energy recovery
Landfill is the least desirable waste management outcome.
Many of the laser cartridges collected through the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program are returned to the original producer for their environmentally accredited (ISO 14001) re-manufacturing and component recovery process.
The entire cartridge waste stream must be considered when evaluating any cartridge reuse, recycling or re-manufacturing program. Prior to ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' around 15% of cartridges were reused, largely through third party re-manufacturing, leaving 85% going to landfill. In many cases, there was no solution for toner bottles, photocopier drums and thermal ribbons and most waste from reuse processes ended up in landfill.
‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' was launched to capture the 85% of cartridges that people were putting in rubbish bins. What isn't re-manufactured or reused is recycled with zero waste going to landfill from our Close The Loop recycling process.
Close the Loop is independently audited on an annual basis to verify that zero waste is sent to landfill.