'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' Blitzes 2013 Target
Author: Ryan Collins
Congratulations Australia! The ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program has blitzed its aim to recycle 23 million printer cartridges by March 2014, five months ahead of schedule. As at the end of October, 23,088,812 cartridges have been collected for recycling. It seems households are dropping more cartridges off at participating retailers and businesses are recycling even more in their workplaces.
The environmental benefits of this success are massive with:
- over 10,690 tonnes of cartridges diverted from landfill;
- over 109,198 tonnes of greenhouse gases prevented from being released into the atmosphere*; and
- significant water, energy and resource savings as a result of the recycled materials being used in other products.
In partnership with the participating manufacturers, Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta and Kyocera, and our resource recovery partner, Close the Loop, this voluntary extended producer responsibility (EPR) program is one of the most successful of its kind in Australia. Now in its eleventh year, the program was outlined as a key area of the Recycling Revolution in Planet Ark's recent report for National Recycling Week.
To help us increase our rate of recycling even more:
- Find out where you can drop your printer cartridges for free recycling, and tell your friends and family
- See if your workplace qualifies to become a collection point at no cost.
* Based on a Life Cycle Analysis of Close the Loop's processes from the point of collection through to the point of final disposition