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Printer cartridges live again

Date: 29-Mar-10
Author: Michelle Cook

QR recycling bins © Planet Ark

Recycling has just become a whole lot easier for rail commuters in Queensland with the introduction of public place recycling bins at each of the state's 147 train stations (see right).

What makes these bins unique to other public place recycling collections is that they are made from eWoodTM, a timber replacement product made from the plastics in recycled printer cartridges. 

"eWoodTM is a great example of an innovative product developed to help reduce an environmental problem", says Planet Ark's Campaign's Manager Brad Gray. "Printer cartridges are made up of a combination of different plastics, toners and metals which makes them difficult to recycle. eWoodTM turns the durability of plastics into a positive. It is an incredibly durable material which can withstand the elements without rotting".

"By diverting used cartridges from landfill and giving waste plastics another life, eWood is an environmental success story", says Gray.



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