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Who Made the Top Ten Cartridge Recyclers

Date: 12-May-16
Author: Ryan Collins
2015 was another great year for the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program. More than 3,300,000 cartridges were diverted from landfill. So we thought we'd take the opportunity to thank everyone that helped make that possible, especially to the top ten returners. Were you one of them?

Reimagining Rubbish as a Resource

Date: 27-Apr-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Necessity is driving the move towards a zero waste approach. To make the shift we need to innovate and think of waste materials as a resource.

Selfie Challenge - #WhatsNotToLove

Date: 22-Apr-16
Author: Ryan Collins
"It's easy to use, good for the environment and free of charge. What's not to love?" That's how one participant described 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'. So we've created the Selfie Challenge with the hashtag #WhatsNotToLove and are asking you to show us you love recycling cartridges. Take a photo, tag us and share it to win one of three $200 Biome gift certificates, plus more. Simple! Find out more...

What Happens To Your Cartridges?

Date: 14-Apr-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Our collection partner Officeworks have created a new video that shows you what happens to your printer cartridges after you drop them off for recycling. Take a short trip around the circular economy...

What's the Deal With Business Waste?

Date: 30-Mar-16
Author: Ryan Collins
What motivates businesses to increase their recycling? What are the barriers to better management? What do they see are the benefits? Our new report, titled 'What's The Deal With Business Waste?' answers these questions and examines the attitudes and beliefs of small to medium businesses and the actions they can take.

A Tablet for Your Thoughts

Date: 03-Mar-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Tell us what you think of the website and you could win a tablet of your choice worth $750!

Get Your 2016 Environment Action Planner

Date: 28-Jan-16
Author: Rebecca Gredley
Whether you want cartridge recycling box, get in contact with nature or plant a tree - we have a campaign for you

Look Who's Recycled 30 Million Cartridges

Date: 15-Jan-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Well done Australia! We have just hit 30 million cartridges recycled since 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' began in 2003.

'Appy' Christmas gift from Planet Ark

Date: 01-Dec-15
Author: Sara McGregor
Check out the free smart phone app to answer all those tricky waste and recycling questions. A gift to use year-round

Save the date! 'Waste Not, Want Not' Day is coming

Date: 30-Nov-15
Author: Ryan Collins
TechCollect is calling for businesses to mark December 8 in the calendar to create a more sustainable workplace! Check out the four great tips for businesses to make a difference on 'Waste Not, Want Not' Day.

Make Recycling at Work, Work

Date: 13-Nov-15
Author: Ryan Collins
Replacing a single recycling bin with desktop paper trays increased the recycling rate for paper from 28% to 94%. Simple actions can have a big impact at work.

Let the Flings Begin

Date: 13-Nov-15
Author: Brad Gray
All around Australia today people are having office Flings and it's not too late for you to join in. Put some time aside today, go though your drawers and fling you old, unwanted files. If you register today you'll also receive a carton of Reflex White 100% Recycled paper.

Recycling Role Models

Date: 12-Nov-15
Author: Brad Gray
There is positive change happening in waste and recycling in some of Australia's best known companies. A pet food manufacturer has achieved zero waste to landfill and a wine maker made the switch to 100% recycled and 100% recyclable packaging. Find out how these high performers achieved these feats.

Test Your Recycling Knowledge!

Date: 03-Nov-15
Author: Marty Middlebrook
How much of this skip bin can be recycled? Win prizes and test your knowledge with the Recycle Right Quiz

Getting Your Recycling Sorted

Date: 03-Nov-15
Author: Brad Gray
Even though Australians are good recyclers, there are many questions. National Recycling Week has the answers

New Label Makes Recycling Easy

Date: 06-Oct-15
Author: Brad Gray
Planet Ark is very proud to launch its new Australian Recycling Label, which has been designed to address both customer confusion and the desire for on-pack information.

Planet Ark Project - Answering Kid's Questions

Date: 23-Sep-15
Author: Emily Donnelly
We get lots of requests and emails from school students across Australia, who want to know more about Planet Ark for a project or just because they are passionate about the environment.

Growing a Garden Among the Cartridges

Date: 18-Aug-15
Author: Ryan Collins
We all know how important an inspiring school can be for your kids. As part of the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' and Officeworks Schools Competition, we asked 'Why is it important for your school to recycle printer cartridges?' We have some inspiring responses.

Planet Ark Ambassadors Honoured

Date: 28-Jan-15
Author: Brad Gray
In this week's Australia Day Awards two of Planet Ark's ambassadors - Layne Beachley and Jackie French - have been recognised for their contribution to Australia.

Check out the top 10 Cartridge Recyclers

Date: 09-May-16
Author: Ryan Collins
2015 was another great yeart for the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program. More than 3,300,000 cartridges were diverted from landfill. So we thought we'd take the opportunity to thank everyone that helped make that possible, especially to top the ten returners. Were you one of them?

28 Million Reasons To Be Proud

Date: 26-May-15
Author: Ryan Collins
We have just hit 28 million cartridges recycled since the program began! So what does this mean for the environment?

Turning Toner to Tarmac in Sydney

Date: 25-May-15
Author: Ryan Collins
Channel 7 News recently reported on the innovation of TonerPave, a road base made with recycled toner from 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'. You can check it out here.

50 Rulers to the First 200 Schools

Date: 21-May-15
Author: Ryan Collins
If you're one of the first 200 schools to enter our 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' and Officeworks Schools Competition, you will automatically receive 50 rulers made from recycled cartridges! We're also giving away $1,000 worth of eWood Garden Beds to one lucky school. All school staff need to do is tell us why it is important for your school to recycle cartridges by filling in the online entry form. Our favourite answer wins!

The Circle of Life

Date: 27-Apr-15
Author: Ryan Collins
Innovative programs like 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' are an essential part of a growing circular economy, a closed loop process in which we recycle valuable materials to keep them in the productive economy for as long as possible. We can all choose to participate. But how?

Canon Living Wall

Date: 09-Feb-15
Author: Ryan Collins
Having plants in the workplace helps workers recover from stress and tiredness, reduces the presence of air-bourn bacteria and increases productivity and creativity. And, with a little bit of ingenuity, the folks at Canon Australia are growing plants in a living wall made out of recycled printer cartridges.

Onto A Winner

Date: 09-Feb-15
Author: Brad Gray
The awards have been flowing in for people associated with the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program. Celebrity ambassador, Layne Beachley, was was recognised with an Order of Australia and Close the Loop's Director and Founder, Steve Morriss, was honored by his peers for his leadership.

12 Do's for a Greener Christmas

Date: 04-Dec-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Unwrapping a new gadget might provide a short-term high, but with more active SIM cards on the planet than people, it comes with an environmental impact . Global sales figures for smartphones, tablets and PCs, are projected to reach 2.4 billion devices for 2014, and that figure is tipped to grow into next year.

Buy It Back

Date: 16-Nov-14
Author: Ryan Collins
91% of Australians agree that recycling is the right thing to do. But putting items in the recycling bin is only half the job. For recycling to achieve it's full environmental and economic potential consumers and businesses need to purchase products with recycled material.

Think Outside The Bin

Date: 15-Nov-14
Author: Ryan Collins
s of 2014 there are more active SIM cards in the world than people. This brings into sharp focus the need for recycling options for items not accepted in kerbside recycling bins including mobile phones, e-waste, printer cartridges and soft plastics.

Feel Good Recycling

Date: 14-Nov-14
Author: Ryan Collins
The Seven Secrets of Successful Recyclers shows that recycling at work is good for the environment as well as for staff morale. The reports shows that 78% of Australians agree that having recycling options at work either would, or does, make them feel they are working for a responsible employer. Find out more ...

The Secret of Your Success

Date: 06-Nov-14
Author: Ryan Collins
If you have a 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection box in your workplace you're already ahead of the pack for at least two of the recycling secrets. You 'Take It To Work' and 'Think Outside The Bin.' But what other secrets can be revealed for your workplace?

Councils Paving a Green-Toner Future

Date: 05-Nov-14
Author: Ryan Collins
TonerPaveĀ® is the next generation in sustainable asphalt being made from the toner from printer cartridges recycled through the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program.

We've Hit 25 Million!

Date: 03-Jul-14
Author: Ryan Collins
May's monster month of collections was the biggest ever for 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'. On top of that we've just hit 25 million cartridges recycled since the program began. Find out what this milestone means for the environment.

Our Schools Competition Winners Announced

Date: 23-Jun-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Could you guess how many toner cartridges are needed to make 1 km of TonerPave road? The winning schools had the closest guess in each of their states. Find out who won and what the magic number was...

Last Days of Schools Guessing Competition

Date: 04-Jun-14
Author: Ryan Collins
You have until midnight Friday 6th June to enter the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' Schools Competition. A school from each state will win 80 cartons of Reflex White 100% Recycled paper valued at $2,800, provided by Australian Paper. Schools simply guess the number of toner cartridges it takes to make one kilometre of road from Tonerpave using the online competition form.

Lismore introduces home cartridge collections

Date: 27-May-14
Author: Ryan Collins
'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' is part of a kerbside recycling revolution in the Northern Rivers of NSW. A state of the art Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and a satchel are set to transform Lismore into a model of sustainability.

Win a Pallet of Recycled Paper

Date: 06-May-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Even in this technological era, we know schools still need to print on paper. So Planet Ark is offering one school in every state the chance to win a pallet of Reflex White 100% Recycled paper, valued at $2,800. All you need to do is guess the number of used toner cartridges it takes to make one kilometre of TonerPave road and fill in online the entry form. The closest guess in each state wins! Find out more...

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' Expands to Seven Retailers

Date: 05-May-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Office Brands have become the newest collection partner through their independent office supplies network of 160 Office National, Office Products Depot and O-NET branded stores.

From Toner to Tarmac

Date: 30-Apr-14
Author: Ryan Collins
The last thing you'd expect to do after recycling your printer cartridges is to drive over them but now you could! Due to the development of a new product that turns residual toner into road surface, the recycled material, which is being rolled out in streets around Australia right now, makes road surfaces stronger and reduces their carbon emissions. Pretty amazing! Find out more...

Sydney Markets Receives Global Recycling Award

Date: 03-Mar-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Over $7 million has been saved in waste disposal costs since 2005 by Sydney Markets. Recently, Australia's largest market was recognised as a world leader in recycling at the Global Sustainability Leaderships Conference and Awards. Using the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program was a part of that success.

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' Blitzes 2013 Target

Date: 15-Nov-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Over 23 million printer cartridges have been recycled since the program began! Find out how it benefits the environment and how to join this recycling revolution.

Phones & Cartridges Recycling Revolutions

Date: 12-Nov-13
Author: Ryan Collins
The 22 million printer cartridges and 7.7 million mobiles recycled though the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' and MobileMuster programs represent a win for the consumer and for the environment.

The cost of business waste

Date: 17-Sep-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Australian businesses are spending more than $2.2 billion each year on waste services, of which $1.4 billion is spent on waste to landfill. As waste disposal costs increase, it makes financial sense to look for recycling options for the wide range of waste materials generated by businesses.

Turn your cartridges into your garden bed

Date: 28-Aug-13
Author: Ryan Collins
There are many more benefits to eWood than just being made from recycled cartridges collected through the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program. And there are a multitude of eWood products, from garden beds to retaining walls to outdoor furniture to decking to farm fencing. Find out why eWood is perfect for our outdoor Aussie environment.

Zero Waste Audit Results for 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' Program Partner

Date: 21-Aug-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Close the Loop audit results are in! Find out how our Resource Recovery Partner went...

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' recycling partner wins prestigious award

Date: 14-Jun-13
Author: Janet Sparrow
'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' resource recovery partner, Close the Loop, has been honoured with a gold award in the 25th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation in the US.

How many cartridges does it take to make an eWood table?

Date: 11-Jun-13
Author: Ryan Collins
The winner of our guessing comp has been announced. Find out who won and just how many cartridges it takes to make an eWood table...

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' turns e-waste into opportunity

Date: 29-Apr-13
Author: Planet Ark
Printer cartridges contain valuable metals such as steel, aluminium and copper, much of which can be recycled, so it's important that people continue to recycle them. The recycled materials can be turned into pens, rulers, chemical spill clean up kits, and in eWood applications such as park benches, fencing and signs.

E-Waste Recycling World Record Attempt

Date: 18-Apr-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Australians are world-leading recyclers - just look at the 21 million printer cartridges recycled by 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'. And now, between the 20th and 28th April we can help TechCollect set a world record for the most TVs, computers and printers recycled. Find out how you can help and let your friends and family know. Read more...

Take the RecyclingNearYou Survey

Date: 14-Jan-13
Author: Ryan Collins
We would love your input to help us make it even easier for Australians to recycle. Simply take our 2 minute user survey and have your say in how to improve the Recycling Near You website and hotline. Tell us what worked and what didn't...

Over 20 million cartridges find new lives!

Date: 18-Dec-12
Author: Zo Zhou
The 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' recycling program is a testament to Australia's recycling ingenuity, giving over 20,086,818 printer cartridges new lives as ewood, pens and many other product components. Thank you Australia for helping us reach our goal! Find out more...

The 12 Do's of Christmas

Date: 03-Dec-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Christmas is a time of joy and festivities, but it is also the season when households generate extra waste. Aussies are tipped to spend an incredible $10 billion on food this December, but can you guess how much of that we actually ends up in landfill? To find out, and to learn more about Planet Ark's guide for a greener Christmas, read on...

Great cartridge pen giveaway winners announced

Date: 14-Nov-12
Author: Zo Zhou
To celebrate National Recycling Week and to encourage schools to recycle as much as possible, Greenschools subcscribers were offered the chance to win one of 10 packs of 15 Enviroliner pens, made from recycled inkjet cartridges through the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program. Check out who won!

Second Nature - Recycling In Australia

Date: 12-Nov-12
Author: Zo Zhou
For most Australians, recycling printer cartridges, aluminium cans and milk cartons has become second nature, but we're still throwing 22 million tonnes of waste into landfill each year. Planet Ark's new "Second Nature: Recycling in Australia" report details the current state of recycling, how we got there, and where we're heading.

Zero Waste to Landfill Audit results for 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'

Date: 24-Oct-12
Author: Ryan Collins
The results of the recent Zero Waste to Landfill Audit have been finalized. Read on to find out more...

Important changes to 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' workplace collections

Date: 15-Jun-12
Author: Ryan Collins
Businesses across Australia can no longer recycle mobile phones, chargers and accessories in their 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection boxes.

Famous faces celebrate 10 years of cartridge recycling!

Date: 30-Apr-12
Author: Zhi Yan
Renowned singer Kamahl and media personality Tim Webster are just two of the famous faces helping 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' celebrate its 10-year anniversary.

This Pen Used to be an Inkjet

Date: 26-Oct-11
Author: Lucy Band
90% of the new Enviroliner pen - including the ink - is made from used Inkjet cartridges. This new pen is turning waste materials into a valuable resource.

Resource Recovery Entrepreneur Recognised

Date: 17-Oct-11
Author: Steve Morriss, the founder and Executive Director of Close the Loop, the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' resource recovery partner, has been recognised in the 2011 Ernst & Young.

Canon's 2011 Environmental Grants Program is Now Open

Date: 17-Jun-11
Author: Lucy Band
Each year Canon Australia awards five grants to the sum of $5,000 to projects or organisations that can demonstrate a positive impact on Australia's natural environment and communities. Read on to find out more.

'Giving Consumers the Environmental Edge'

Date: 08-Jun-11
Author: Lucy Band
Planet Ark has launched Environmental Edge, a series of information-based television advertisements designed to help consumers understand the environmental benefits of a range of products and services.

Happy Birthday 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'!

Date: 03-May-11
Author: In its first 8 years, enough cartridges have been collected to fill over 30 Olympic swimming pools or almost 100 jumbo jets.

Konica Minolta sets a challenge

Date: 28-Apr-11
Author: Konica Minolta has set itself the challenge of reducing carbon dioxide emissions throughout its product lifecycles by 80% by 2050.

Help us celebrate our 18th birthday and win prizes

Date: 10-Mar-11
Author: Zhi Yan
Tell us what you would like to see Planet Ark achieve in the next few years, and you'll go in the running to win a share in over $900 worth of prizes!

Recycling scheme for flood-damaged ink cartridges

Date: 28-Jan-11
Author: Zhi Yan
Special sized 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection bags have been set-up in specific Officeworks outlets in Queensland so that businesses, in particular, can drop off flood-damaged printer cartridge supplies for recycling.

Recycling within reach of small business

Date: 24-Jun-10
Author: Michelle Cook
The most extensive directory of recycling services in Australia will be launched by Planet Ark today to help business owners and operators save money and reduce waste.

Do you choose the right bin?

Date: 23-Apr-10
Author: Michelle Cook
Research shows almost 50 percent of people place used printer cartridges in the wrong bin

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' enters its 8th year

Date: 22-Apr-10
Author: Michelle Cook
Thursday April 22 celebrates Earth Day and 8 years of 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'

More places to recycle your 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'

Date: 20-Apr-10
Author: Michelle Cook
JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys now collecting 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'

Mobile Phone Recycling in Victorian Workplaces

Date: 29-Mar-10
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Are you in a workplace in Victoria with your own 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection box? Check out the trial program with Mobile Muster.

Printer cartridges live again

Date: 29-Mar-10
Author: Michelle Cook
Cartridges collected through the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program are being reused to make recycling bins.

When it comes to printer cartridge recycling, Australians have an inkling!

Date: 16-Sep-09
Author: Michelle Cook
'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' celebrates 10 million returns

Check out the Nova Casanovas and recycle your cartridges!

Date: 22-Apr-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Catch the Nova Casanovas on Wednesday 22nd April at lunchtime at Dick Smith North Parramatta or tune into Nova 96.9 FM.

Calling Green Team Members

Date: 21-Apr-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Are you or your friend, colleague or partner part of a formal or informal Green Team or Sustainability Team at work?

Zero Waste To Landfill accreditation for Close the Loop

Date: 17-Apr-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
For the 6th year running, Close the Loop, Resource Recovery Partner for 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark', has been certified as 'Zero Waste to Landfill'.

Planet Ark prepares to re-launch 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'

Date: 20-Mar-09
Author: Michelle Cook
Planet Ark is using Earth Day to re-launch the hugely successful 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program.