Shouldn't the companies that make printer products be responsible for the items the make?
Absolutely! That is why Australia's leading cartridge manufacturers are involved in the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program and pay for its running costs. Under extended producer responsibility (EPR) principles, each producer has to foot the bill for the environmental impacts of their own products.
By participating in the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program, cartridge manufacturers pay for the collection, transport, sorting and recycling of their own cartridges.
To date, this approach has enabled the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' partners to re-manufacture or recycle millions of printer cartridges (check out the cartridge counter on the home page to see the latest total).
For more information on product stewardship download Planet Ark's Product Stewardship Factsheet.