What Happens To The Printer Cartridges?
All of the cartridges put
Once there, they are hand sorted and their brand and
What happens in the Close the Loop® recycling process?
The inkjet cartridges, toner bottles and drum units are processed through the patented, Australian-made Green Machine, which reduces the cartridges to smaller particles that can be more easily separated.
Inkjet cartridges are processed through another machine, which also uses patented world-first technology.
Magnets are used to remove ferrous (iron-based) metals, while
This waste stream is a complex mix of potentially valuable and/or hazardous raw materials needing state of the art equipment for safe processing and handling.
The end result of this process is the recovery of 'raw' materials. These 'secondary raw materials' are further filtered, upgraded and then used instead of virgin materials in normal manufacturing to make new products. The ultimate aim is to return the raw materials back to the original equipment manufacturer for reuse in new cartridges.
All of this is achieved with zero waste going to landfill.
Products made from recycled cartridges
Order some of these products through Close the Loop.
The C4PA Process Infographic
An infographic showing how the materials that make up a printer cartridge get recycled and the products they get turned into.
C4PA Cartridge Recycling Process Poster
A poster that details the processes which a cartridge goes through from drop-off to various final products.