Happy Birthday 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'!
Since 2003, Planet Ark has successfully worked with it’s participating manufacturers, Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta and Lexmark, who have acted collectively to ensure responsible recycling of their printer cartridges. The ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ recycling program is free, easy, independently audited, and coordinated through a network of over 30,000 locations nationwide.
“Key to the success of program has been the close, and effective partnerships between responsible manufacturers, retail and workplace collection points and the general public,” says Janet Sparrow, Planet Ark’s Recycling Programs Manager.
Printer cartridges collected through ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ are either returned to their original manufacturer for reuse, or recycled into new products by Planet Ark’s resource recovery partner Close the Loop.
Other producer-run recycling schemes for electronics in Australia include the Mobile Muster program for mobile phones, the Century Yuasa network for car batteries, and the handheld battery recycling programs now offered by a variety of organisations.