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'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' recycling partner wins prestigious award

Date: 14-Jun-13
Author: Janet Sparrow

Pile of cartridges © Amy Nancarrow

'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.

Close the Loop’s Kentucky-based subsidiary and its Ohio-based collaborative partner, BCM Inks, were jointly recognised in the DuPont Awards - the industry’s longest-running, independently judged acknowledgement of innovation and collaboration throughout the value chain.

The combined Close the Loop -BCM Inks entry was a black, post-consumer recycled, water-based flexographic ink which is suitable for printing on cardboard packaging. The joint venture uses approximately 1,000 litres of recycled ink per month, and each 240kg drum of new ink produced diverts around 200,000 inkjet cartridges from landfill.

More than 200 entries vied for the one diamond, four gold and 10 silver awards on offer at this year’s DuPont Awards. “Being named as Gold DuPont Packaging Innovation Awards winner was a welcome surprise and clearly a great honour,” said Close the Loop's founder, Steve Morriss. “I accepted the award with pride on behalf of all Close the Loop employees and their dedicated work in materials recovery.”

The win reflects Close the Loop’s progress as a world-class innovative cleantech company. Since its inception in 2001, it has collected and recycled almost 20,000 tonnes of toner and inkjet cartridge waste worldwide.

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