Cartridges 4 Planet Ark News

Research reveals Australia's most trusted recycling program

Date: 04-Mar-19
Author: Claire Bell
Trust in our politicians, democracy, media and institutions is falling. But in what has been a tumultuous year for waste and recycling, research by Pollinate shows Cartridges 4 Planet Ark as Australia's most trusted recycling program. Find out what else the survey revealed.

Consumers choose Planet Ark as Australia's most ethical and sustainable organisation

Date: 28-Feb-19
Author: Josh Cole
Australia's leading Consumer Trends Report focusing on sustainability and health (LOHAS 6) has found that Planet Ark is the brand most reputed to operate in a 'responsible, sustainable, environmentally friendly or ethical manner'.

We're celebrating 40 million cartridges saved from landfill

Date: 11-Dec-18
Author: Claire Bell
Cartridges 4 Planet had a big year in 2018 celebrating 15 years since the program began. We're also now celebrating over 40 million cartridges collected by the program since 2003.

The new regifting - giving recycled products

Date: 10-Dec-18
Author: Claire Bell
Have you thought about buying something new that's actually old? Don't be confused, we're talking about buying products made from recycled materials, whether is wallets made from bicycle tyres or rings made from old silver spoons. Buying recycled is the ultimate regifting.

Keep your eco footprint small these holidays with Planet Ark's holiday hacks

Date: 11-Dec-18
Author: Josh Cole
Make the most of the holidays with Planet Ark's Holiday Hacks for Living Large with a Small Footprint.

Brisbane Tool Library takes share economy to the next level

Date: 03-Dec-18
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Do you need a drill or do you need a hole drilled? Brisbane's tool library encourages sharing tools in a new approach to consumption.

Are you a recycling guru?

Date: 16-Nov-18
Author: Ryan Collins
Do you know what is the biggest mistake that residents make when recycling? What is the benefit of using aluminium coffee capsules? What used material is being recycled and added to road base? Challenge yourself with Planet Ark's Recycle Right Quiz and you could WIN 1 of 10 Biome Plastic Free Kits valued at $82 or 1 of 6 eWood Garden Bed Kits valued at $219!

Reboot your perspective on recycling this National Recycling Week

Date: 08-Nov-18
Author: Liam Taylor
New research commissioned by Planet Ark released for National Recycling Week. Check out how we are going to reboot recycling

Close the Loop winners at 2018 Hume Business Awards

Date: 07-Nov-18
Author: Claire Bell
Cartridges 4 Planet Ark resource recovery partner, Close the Loop had a great night at the recent Hume City Council Business Awards, winners in two categories.

New research sheds light on Australian attitudes towards environmental sustainability

Date: 20-Sep-18
Author: Liam Taylor
A new study from HP Australia and Planet Ark found some interesting insights for businesses. One is that Australians are now looking to businesses and brands when it comes to action on environmental sustainability.

Lake Macquarie Council paving the way for recycled roads

Date: 20-Sep-18
Author: Jennifer McMillan
Lake Macquarie council has approved an $8 million Downer Group plant to recycle waste materials into roads.

NSW gets its own revolutionary road

Date: 13-Aug-18
Author: Liam Taylor
Is Australia's waste crisis driving you mad? Why not drive on a road to the future?

Seven environmental initiatives from Officeworks

Date: 26-Jun-18
Author: Claire Bell
With 166 stores, a national call centre and over 7,000 team members, Officeworks is meeting the sustainability challenges by providing solutions for customers and their own operations. Here's 7 ways they are making a difference...

Budding Australian solutions for plastic waste

Date: 26-Jun-18
Author: Liam Taylor
In recent times we've seen a number of innovative solutions to the issue of plastic waste springing up around Australia.

Did your council or workplace make the top ten?

Date: 14-Jun-18
Author: Claire Bell
Find out which councils and workplaces collected the most cartridges in the last 12months, contributing to a record-breaking 38 million collected since 2003!

Cartridges 4 Planet Ark celebrates 15 years of recycling with Layne Beachley

Date: 06-Jun-18
Author: Claire Bell
15 years and over 38 million cartridges recycled later, the campaign is more successful than ever

How Cartridges 4 Planet Ark is part of the solution to plastic pollution

Date: 06-Jun-18
Author: Claire Bell
In a new initiative, toner from printer cartridges collected via our Cartridges 4 Planet Ark recycling program around Australia can now be mixed with soft plastic and stockpiled glass to make a new road surface. It's not only diverting waste from landfill but is also up to 65% more durable than normal asphalt!

Find out how Cartridges 4 Planet Ark is part of the solution to plastic pollution

Date: 04-Jun-18
Author: Josh Cole
It's World Environment Day so what better time to give you the good news? We're proud to announce that toner from printer cartridges collected via our Cartridges 4 Planet Ark (C4PA) recycling program around Australia can now be mixed with soft plastic and stockpiled glass to make a new road surface.

Win the war on waste at work!

Date: 27-Mar-18
Author: Ryan Collins
Whether you're a barista or a brickie, we've launched 10 tools to win the war on waste at work.

A pen that can be recycled again and again and again!

Date: 01-Mar-18
Author: Claire Bell
What do your recycled printer cartridges get made into? There are a range of products but one that you can use at work or at home is the Enviroliner™ pen.

Compatible printer cartridges are not what you think they are

Date: 01-Mar-18
Author: Claire Bell
For many it's tempting to buy a compatible cartridge for your printer rather than the branded version. They are cheaper and look the same and some may think they are greener. But, there are hidden costs.

It pays to be paper wise in the office

Date: 08-Feb-18
Author: Claire Bell
The concept of a 'paperless' office was once a lofty goal as workplaces moved into the new millennium. But how does that translate into reality in 2018? Many workplaces have made great improvements in their sustainable paper use, but there's always room for more!

Our green resolutions

Date: 11-Jan-18
Author: Marty Middlebrook
There's always more ways to be green. The team at Planet Ark share their environmental goals for 2018 and how we plan to stick to them.

How to fight a festive war on waste at Christmas

Date: 04-Dec-17
Author: Claire Bell
The 12 DOs of Christmas are twelve simple positive actions to reduce festive waste

Pay it forward and get a recycled bargain on Buy It Back Day

Date: 17-Nov-17
Author: Carol Warwick
The first ever Buy It Back Day will be held on Saturday 18 November! It will highlight the importance of closing the recycling loop and reducing waste by buying products made from recycled materials or buying reclaimed rather than new.

Inspiring story: "Charging" up local battery recycling

Date: 17-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Batteries are "charging" up the waste stream, that is, battery waste is growing fast. The sources of battery waste is increasing and come from a variety of industries such as electric and hybrid vehicles, power tools, domestic and industrial applications, power generation and renewable energy storage systems. One company is has started recycling these types of batteries right here in Australia.

Inspiring story: Creating outdoor furniture from soft plastics

Date: 15-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
As Australia's leading manufacturer of products made from recycled soft plastics, innovation is core to Replas' business. And it's not just outdoor furniture that they make. Read on to find out what else is available.

Inspiring story: Landscaping a garden bed from printer cartridges

Date: 15-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Close the Loop is Australia's biggest resource recovery and recycling company for printing consumables and the resource recovery partner for 'Cartridges for Planet Ark'. It is driven by a promise of zero-waste-to-landfill and innovation. Some of the recycled products to come out of this initiative will amaze!

3 tips for businesses to buy recycled

Date: 14-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Sustainable procurement aims to reduce the adverse environmental, social and economic impacts of purchased products and services throughout their entire life cycle. Looking for items made from recycled materials is a big part of this. And with more consumers being more likely to buy products and packaging made with recycled content, we offer 3 simple things businesses can do to start buying recycled.

Inspiring story: Sporting fields made from tyres

Date: 14-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) is a government supported product stewardship initiative that aims to effectively reduce the environmental, health and safety impacts of the 56 million tyres (equivalent passenger units) that reach their end of life each year. Check out the results of their inspiring research projects that are providing innovation for our circular economy.

There's still time for a Fling

Date: 13-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
On Friday 17 November, businesses, schools and councils all over Australia will be flinging their old files to get good quality paper back into the recycle cycle. All workplaces who register for a Friday File Fling will have 20 chances to win 5 cartons of Planet Ark 100% Australian Recycled Paper. There's still time to register...

The missing piece of the recycling puzzle

Date: 13-Nov-17
Author: Carol Warwick
It's National Recycling Week (November 13-19). Find out why buying recycled matters...

Epson elevates commitment to cartridge recycling

Date: 26-Sep-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Epson has stepped up its partnership with Planet Ark to the highest level by becoming a Full Partner of 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'. With over 3.5 million Epson printer cartridges already recycled, this commitment will build on this 14 year product stewardship success story. So why does Epson believe this is the right thing to do?

The Positive Results of the War on Waste

Date: 26-Jun-17
Author: Ryan Collins
The ABC's War on Waste has taken the discussion about Australia's waste problems to new heights. And there are, already, several exciting positive outcomes with many more people looking for recycling options. It has made reusable coffee cups cool, super-sized soft plastics recycling and encouraged governments to act.

Did Your Council or Workplace Make the Top Ten?

Date: 15-May-17
Author: Claire Bell
In 2016 the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' recycling program celebrated its biggest year since it began 15 years ago. So we want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone that helped make that possible, especially to the top ten returners. Were you one of them?

Thanks Australia! 13,500 Printer Cartridges Recycled Every Working Day

Date: 15-May-17
Author: Ryan Collins
13,500 printer cartridges were recycled every working day in the last year. So what does this fantastic achievement mean?

An Impressive 10 Million and Counting

Date: 11-May-17
Author: Laura Chalk
Ten million is an impressive number. So printer manufacturer HP is understandably proud of seeing their ten millionth cartridge recycled though the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program.

Three Behaviour Change Tricks for Home or Work

Date: 26-Apr-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Trying to change people's behaviour can be a challenge whether at work, home or amongst friends. Understanding behaviour change psychology can play a critical role in whether your powers of persuasion will be successful. Take a look at three tips from our new Business Case for Less Waste guide.

14 Items You Can Recycle - But Probably Aren't (Part Two)

Date: 29-Mar-17
Author: Brad Gray
In the second part of this article we look at seven more items that most Australians could be recycling - but probably aren't

Win An iPad Pro by Taking Our Survey

Date: 21-Mar-17
Author: Ryan Collins
If you've used, then we'd like your feedback to make our service even better for you. Give us 5 minutes of your time to fill out the survey and you could win an iPad Pro or other tablet of your choice worth up to $850! Take the survey now...

4 Ways to Make the Business Case for Less Waste

Date: 14-Mar-17
Author: Ryan Collins
The new guide that makes the business case for less waste. Save money, get a competitive edge and improve staff morale

Printer Cartridges are Driving Innovation

Date: 03-Mar-17
Author: Ryan Collins
Recycled toner cartridges are part of a pioneering trial. In a world-first, recycled cartridges and tyres are being used together to produce a new roads across country Australia. The new surfacing has a low carbon footprint and last longer than normal roads.

14 Items You Can Recycle - But Probably Aren't (Part One)

Date: 01-Mar-17
Author: Brad Gray
Australians have embraced recycling with more than nine out of ten people recycling at home. But as the industry continues to grow and expand the range of products and materials you can recycle continues to grow. In this two-part series we showcase 14 items you can recycle - but probably aren't.

New Technology Turns Beach Plastic into Treasure

Date: 24-Feb-17
Author: Carol Warwick
An Australian company has launched a crowdfunding campaign for revolutionary recycling technology that could help clean up our beaches. It aims to turn sea waste into treasure!

Thanks for helping make 2016 a great year!

Date: 19-Dec-16
Author: Brad Gray
Our mission is to help Australians take positive environmental actions, that's only possible thanks to our sponsors and partners

Easy Electrifying Recycling

Date: 15-Dec-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Are you getting a new mobile, computer or printer for Christmas? We've got tips on how to make sure the old device and accessories finds a new home, either with someone or with a recycler. We're up to Do # 8 of the 12 Do's of Christmas!

Do Celebrate Less Waste at Work

Date: 04-Dec-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Tis' the silly season but that doesn't mean you have to be silly with workplace waste. We've got great tips so no matter how much fun people are having at Christmas parties, it's easy to recycle right. Check out Do #2 of the 12 Do's of Christmas.

How to Reduce Spending and Your Eco-Footprint This Christmas

Date: 30-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
With Australians spending over $1,000 at Christmas, some forward planning for meals and presents can lead to big savings for your wallet and eco-footprint.

Cleaning Up Confusion for National Recycling Week

Date: 07-Nov-16
Author: Ryan Collins
A report released for National Recycling Week shows Australians are keen recyclers, but most are still making mistakes

Planet Ark Launches 100% Recycled Office Paper

Date: 02-Nov-16
Author: Reese Malcolm
Your choice in office paper matters and with the official launch of Planet Ark Paper on the 30th October 2016 your choice has been made easy. Planet Ark Paper has been produced to help make the use of recycled paper mainstream. Currently office paper has a recycling rate of about 70% but less than 18% of new reams have high-recycled content.

Zero Waste Audit Results for 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' Program Partner

Date: 28-Oct-16
Author: Claire Bell
The results of the annual audit of Close the Loop, the Resource Recovery Partner for the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program, have just been finalised. And great news, the audit has issued Close the Loop with yet another Zero Waste to Landfill certificate for 2016.

It's Time For Another Fling

Date: 04-Oct-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Last year more than 5,000 people had a Fling for National Recycling Week. A Friday File Fling that is! Whether you work in a large office, a school or even out of the front room at home, you're likely to have good quality paper sitting idle in a filing cabinet. That paper could be put back into the recycling stream and turned into brand new 100% recycled office paper or toilet tissue. We've collated information and resources to help you host a Fling in your workplace on or around 11 November. Register your whole workplace, your team or even just yourself.

5 Photos You Can Take to Help the Environment

Date: 30-Sep-16
Author: Marty Middlebrook
You don't need a fancy camera to take a photo and you don't need to be a professional to make an impact. It's the age of the digital image and you can use them to have fun, dob in a dumper or celebrate nature. We've put together 5 ideas for you to use photos to do good, for yourself and for the environment. Find out more ...

You made June our Biggest Month Ever!

Date: 14-Jul-16
Author: Ryan Collins
What a great way to end the financial year. Your cartridge returns made June the biggest month ever for 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'! And it's not the only milestone we're celebrating.

A Quick Recycling Guide To 3 Tricky Items

Date: 30-Jun-16
Author: Rebecca Gredley
Recycling can be tricky! Here's a guide to the top three searches on Recycling Near You, so that you can be a recycling guru

Selfie Challenge Winners

Date: 15-Jun-16
Author: Ryan Collins
The 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' Selfie Challenge has officially ended and the lucky winners have been announced! Each winner has received a $200 gift voucher to Biome, the online eco-store. Find out more...

Printage Cartrij? Printer cartres? Printer Cartridges?

Date: 06-Jun-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Our new 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' TV Community Service Announcement stars some tongue-tied primary school students. However, that certainly doesn't dampen their enthusiasm for recycling. So why not sign up for a free 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection box and encourage kids to reimagine rubbish.

Who Made the Top Ten Cartridge Recyclers

Date: 12-May-16
Author: Ryan Collins
2015 was another great year for the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program. More than 3,300,000 cartridges were diverted from landfill. So we thought we'd take the opportunity to thank everyone that helped make that possible, especially to the top ten returners. Were you one of them?

Reimagining Rubbish as a Resource

Date: 27-Apr-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Necessity is driving the move towards a zero waste approach. To make the shift we need to innovate and think of waste materials as a resource.

Selfie Challenge - #WhatsNotToLove

Date: 22-Apr-16
Author: Ryan Collins
"It's easy to use, good for the environment and free of charge. What's not to love?" That's how one participant described 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'. So we've created the Selfie Challenge with the hashtag #WhatsNotToLove and are asking you to show us you love recycling cartridges. Take a photo, tag us and share it to win one of three $200 Biome gift certificates, plus more. Simple! Find out more...

What Happens To Your Cartridges?

Date: 14-Apr-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Our collection partner Officeworks have created a new video that shows you what happens to your printer cartridges after you drop them off for recycling. Take a short trip around the circular economy...

What's the Deal With Business Waste?

Date: 30-Mar-16
Author: Ryan Collins
What motivates businesses to increase their recycling? What are the barriers to better management? What do they see are the benefits? Our new report, titled 'What's The Deal With Business Waste?' answers these questions and examines the attitudes and beliefs of small to medium businesses and the actions they can take.

A Tablet for Your Thoughts

Date: 03-Mar-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Tell us what you think of the website and you could win a tablet of your choice worth $750!

Get Your 2016 Environment Action Planner

Date: 28-Jan-16
Author: Rebecca Gredley
Whether you want cartridge recycling box, get in contact with nature or plant a tree - we have a campaign for you

Look Who's Recycled 30 Million Cartridges

Date: 15-Jan-16
Author: Ryan Collins
Well done Australia! We have just hit 30 million cartridges recycled since 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' began in 2003.

'Appy' Christmas gift from Planet Ark

Date: 01-Dec-15
Author: Sara McGregor
Check out the free smart phone app to answer all those tricky waste and recycling questions. A gift to use year-round

Save the date! 'Waste Not, Want Not' Day is coming

Date: 30-Nov-15
Author: Ryan Collins
TechCollect is calling for businesses to mark December 8 in the calendar to create a more sustainable workplace! Check out the four great tips for businesses to make a difference on 'Waste Not, Want Not' Day.

Make Recycling at Work, Work

Date: 13-Nov-15
Author: Ryan Collins
Replacing a single recycling bin with desktop paper trays increased the recycling rate for paper from 28% to 94%. Simple actions can have a big impact at work.

Let the Flings Begin

Date: 13-Nov-15
Author: Brad Gray
All around Australia today people are having office Flings and it's not too late for you to join in. Put some time aside today, go though your drawers and fling you old, unwanted files. If you register today you'll also receive a carton of Reflex White 100% Recycled paper.

Recycling Role Models

Date: 12-Nov-15
Author: Brad Gray
There is positive change happening in waste and recycling in some of Australia's best known companies. A pet food manufacturer has achieved zero waste to landfill and a wine maker made the switch to 100% recycled and 100% recyclable packaging. Find out how these high performers achieved these feats.

Test Your Recycling Knowledge!

Date: 03-Nov-15
Author: Marty Middlebrook
How much of this skip bin can be recycled? Win prizes and test your knowledge with the Recycle Right Quiz

Getting Your Recycling Sorted

Date: 03-Nov-15
Author: Brad Gray
Even though Australians are good recyclers, there are many questions. National Recycling Week has the answers

New Label Makes Recycling Easy

Date: 06-Oct-15
Author: Brad Gray
Planet Ark is very proud to launch its new Australian Recycling Label, which has been designed to address both customer confusion and the desire for on-pack information.

Planet Ark Project - Answering Kid's Questions

Date: 23-Sep-15
Author: Emily Donnelly
We get lots of requests and emails from school students across Australia, who want to know more about Planet Ark for a project or just because they are passionate about the environment.

Growing a Garden Among the Cartridges

Date: 18-Aug-15
Author: Ryan Collins
We all know how important an inspiring school can be for your kids. As part of the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' and Officeworks Schools Competition, we asked 'Why is it important for your school to recycle printer cartridges?' We have some inspiring responses.

Planet Ark Ambassadors Honoured

Date: 28-Jan-15
Author: Brad Gray
In this week's Australia Day Awards two of Planet Ark's ambassadors - Layne Beachley and Jackie French - have been recognised for their contribution to Australia.

Check out the top 10 Cartridge Recyclers

Date: 09-May-16
Author: Ryan Collins
2015 was another great yeart for the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program. More than 3,300,000 cartridges were diverted from landfill. So we thought we'd take the opportunity to thank everyone that helped make that possible, especially to top the ten returners. Were you one of them?

28 Million Reasons To Be Proud

Date: 26-May-15
Author: Ryan Collins
We have just hit 28 million cartridges recycled since the program began! So what does this mean for the environment?

Turning Toner to Tarmac in Sydney

Date: 25-May-15
Author: Ryan Collins
Channel 7 News recently reported on the innovation of TonerPave, a road base made with recycled toner from 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'. You can check it out here.

50 Rulers to the First 200 Schools

Date: 21-May-15
Author: Ryan Collins
If you're one of the first 200 schools to enter our 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' and Officeworks Schools Competition, you will automatically receive 50 rulers made from recycled cartridges! We're also giving away $1,000 worth of eWood Garden Beds to one lucky school. All school staff need to do is tell us why it is important for your school to recycle cartridges by filling in the online entry form. Our favourite answer wins!

The Circle of Life

Date: 27-Apr-15
Author: Ryan Collins
Innovative programs like 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' are an essential part of a growing circular economy, a closed loop process in which we recycle valuable materials to keep them in the productive economy for as long as possible. We can all choose to participate. But how?

Canon Living Wall

Date: 09-Feb-15
Author: Ryan Collins
Having plants in the workplace helps workers recover from stress and tiredness, reduces the presence of air-bourn bacteria and increases productivity and creativity. And, with a little bit of ingenuity, the folks at Canon Australia are growing plants in a living wall made out of recycled printer cartridges.

Onto A Winner

Date: 09-Feb-15
Author: Brad Gray
The awards have been flowing in for people associated with the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program. Celebrity ambassador, Layne Beachley, was was recognised with an Order of Australia and Close the Loop's Director and Founder, Steve Morriss, was honored by his peers for his leadership.

12 Do's for a Greener Christmas

Date: 04-Dec-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Unwrapping a new gadget might provide a short-term high, but with more active SIM cards on the planet than people, it comes with an environmental impact . Global sales figures for smartphones, tablets and PCs, are projected to reach 2.4 billion devices for 2014, and that figure is tipped to grow into next year.

Buy It Back

Date: 16-Nov-14
Author: Ryan Collins
91% of Australians agree that recycling is the right thing to do. But putting items in the recycling bin is only half the job. For recycling to achieve it's full environmental and economic potential consumers and businesses need to purchase products with recycled material.

Think Outside The Bin

Date: 15-Nov-14
Author: Ryan Collins
s of 2014 there are more active SIM cards in the world than people. This brings into sharp focus the need for recycling options for items not accepted in kerbside recycling bins including mobile phones, e-waste, printer cartridges and soft plastics.

Feel Good Recycling

Date: 14-Nov-14
Author: Ryan Collins
The Seven Secrets of Successful Recyclers shows that recycling at work is good for the environment as well as for staff morale. The reports shows that 78% of Australians agree that having recycling options at work either would, or does, make them feel they are working for a responsible employer. Find out more ...

The Secret of Your Success

Date: 06-Nov-14
Author: Ryan Collins
If you have a 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection box in your workplace you're already ahead of the pack for at least two of the recycling secrets. You 'Take It To Work' and 'Think Outside The Bin.' But what other secrets can be revealed for your workplace?

Councils Paving a Green-Toner Future

Date: 05-Nov-14
Author: Ryan Collins
TonerPave® is the next generation in sustainable asphalt being made from the toner from printer cartridges recycled through the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program.

Zero Waste Audit Results for 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' Program Partner

Date: 27-Oct-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Close the Loop audit results are in! Find out how our Resource Recovery Partner went...

We've Hit 25 Million!

Date: 03-Jul-14
Author: Ryan Collins
May's monster month of collections was the biggest ever for 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'. On top of that we've just hit 25 million cartridges recycled since the program began. Find out what this milestone means for the environment.

Our Schools Competition Winners Announced

Date: 23-Jun-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Could you guess how many toner cartridges are needed to make 1 km of TonerPave road? The winning schools had the closest guess in each of their states. Find out who won and what the magic number was...

Last Days of Schools Guessing Competition

Date: 04-Jun-14
Author: Ryan Collins
You have until midnight Friday 6th June to enter the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' Schools Competition. A school from each state will win 80 cartons of Reflex White 100% Recycled paper valued at $2,800, provided by Australian Paper. Schools simply guess the number of toner cartridges it takes to make one kilometre of road from Tonerpave using the online competition form.

Lismore introduces home cartridge collections

Date: 27-May-14
Author: Ryan Collins
'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' is part of a kerbside recycling revolution in the Northern Rivers of NSW. A state of the art Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and a satchel are set to transform Lismore into a model of sustainability.

Win a Pallet of Recycled Paper

Date: 06-May-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Even in this technological era, we know schools still need to print on paper. So Planet Ark is offering one school in every state the chance to win a pallet of Reflex White 100% Recycled paper, valued at $2,800. All you need to do is guess the number of used toner cartridges it takes to make one kilometre of TonerPave road and fill in online the entry form. The closest guess in each state wins! Find out more...

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' Expands to Seven Retailers

Date: 05-May-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Office Brands have become the newest collection partner through their independent office supplies network of 160 Office National, Office Products Depot and O-NET branded stores.

From Toner to Tarmac

Date: 30-Apr-14
Author: Ryan Collins
The last thing you'd expect to do after recycling your printer cartridges is to drive over them but now you could! Due to the development of a new product that turns residual toner into road surface, the recycled material, which is being rolled out in streets around Australia right now, makes road surfaces stronger and reduces their carbon emissions. Pretty amazing! Find out more...

Sydney Markets Receives Global Recycling Award

Date: 03-Mar-14
Author: Ryan Collins
Over $7 million has been saved in waste disposal costs since 2005 by Sydney Markets. Recently, Australia's largest market was recognised as a world leader in recycling at the Global Sustainability Leaderships Conference and Awards. Using the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program was a part of that success.

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' Blitzes 2013 Target

Date: 15-Nov-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Over 23 million printer cartridges have been recycled since the program began! Find out how it benefits the environment and how to join this recycling revolution.

Phones & Cartridges Recycling Revolutions

Date: 12-Nov-13
Author: Ryan Collins
The 22 million printer cartridges and 7.7 million mobiles recycled though the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' and MobileMuster programs represent a win for the consumer and for the environment.

The cost of business waste

Date: 17-Sep-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Australian businesses are spending more than $2.2 billion each year on waste services, of which $1.4 billion is spent on waste to landfill. As waste disposal costs increase, it makes financial sense to look for recycling options for the wide range of waste materials generated by businesses.

Turn your cartridges into your garden bed

Date: 28-Aug-13
Author: Ryan Collins
There are many more benefits to eWood than just being made from recycled cartridges collected through the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program. And there are a multitude of eWood products, from garden beds to retaining walls to outdoor furniture to decking to farm fencing. Find out why eWood is perfect for our outdoor Aussie environment.

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' recycling partner wins prestigious award

Date: 14-Jun-13
Author: Janet Sparrow
'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.

How many cartridges does it take to make an eWood table?

Date: 11-Jun-13
Author: Ryan Collins
The winner of our guessing comp has been announced. Find out who won and just how many cartridges it takes to make an eWood table...

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' turns e-waste into opportunity

Date: 29-Apr-13
Author: Planet Ark
Printer cartridges contain valuable metals such as steel, aluminium and copper, much of which can be recycled, so it's important that people continue to recycle them. The recycled materials can be turned into pens, rulers, chemical spill clean up kits, and in eWood applications such as park benches, fencing and signs.

E-Waste Recycling World Record Attempt

Date: 18-Apr-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Australians are world-leading recyclers - just look at the 21 million printer cartridges recycled by 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'. And now, between the 20th and 28th April we can help TechCollect set a world record for the most TVs, computers and printers recycled. Find out how you can help and let your friends and family know. Read more...

Take the RecyclingNearYou Survey

Date: 14-Jan-13
Author: Ryan Collins
We would love your input to help us make it even easier for Australians to recycle. Simply take our 2 minute user survey and have your say in how to improve the Recycling Near You website and hotline. Tell us what worked and what didn't...

Over 20 million cartridges find new lives!

Date: 18-Dec-12
Author: Zo Zhou
The 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' recycling program is a testament to Australia's recycling ingenuity, giving over 20,086,818 printer cartridges new lives as ewood, pens and many other product components. Thank you Australia for helping us reach our goal! Find out more...

The 12 Do's of Christmas

Date: 03-Dec-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Christmas is a time of joy and festivities, but it is also the season when households generate extra waste. Aussies are tipped to spend an incredible $10 billion on food this December, but can you guess how much of that we actually ends up in landfill? To find out, and to learn more about Planet Ark's guide for a greener Christmas, read on...

Great cartridge pen giveaway winners announced

Date: 14-Nov-12
Author: Zo Zhou
To celebrate National Recycling Week and to encourage schools to recycle as much as possible, Greenschools subcscribers were offered the chance to win one of 10 packs of 15 Enviroliner pens, made from recycled inkjet cartridges through the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program. Check out who won!

Second Nature - Recycling In Australia

Date: 12-Nov-12
Author: Zo Zhou
For most Australians, recycling printer cartridges, aluminium cans and milk cartons has become second nature, but we're still throwing 22 million tonnes of waste into landfill each year. Planet Ark's new "Second Nature: Recycling in Australia" report details the current state of recycling, how we got there, and where we're heading.

Zero Waste to Landfill Audit results for 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'

Date: 24-Oct-12
Author: Ryan Collins
The results of the recent Zero Waste to Landfill Audit have been finalized. Read on to find out more...

Important changes to 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' workplace collections

Date: 15-Jun-12
Author: Ryan Collins
Businesses across Australia can no longer recycle mobile phones, chargers and accessories in their 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection boxes.

Famous faces celebrate 10 years of cartridge recycling!

Date: 30-Apr-12
Author: Zhi Yan
Renowned singer Kamahl and media personality Tim Webster are just two of the famous faces helping 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' celebrate its 10-year anniversary.

This Pen Used to be an Inkjet

Date: 26-Oct-11
Author: Lucy Band
90% of the new Enviroliner pen - including the ink - is made from used Inkjet cartridges. This new pen is turning waste materials into a valuable resource.

Resource Recovery Entrepreneur Recognised

Date: 17-Oct-11
Author: Steve Morriss, the founder and Executive Director of Close the Loop, the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' resource recovery partner, has been recognised in the 2011 Ernst & Young.

Canon's 2011 Environmental Grants Program is Now Open

Date: 17-Jun-11
Author: Lucy Band
Each year Canon Australia awards five grants to the sum of $5,000 to projects or organisations that can demonstrate a positive impact on Australia's natural environment and communities. Read on to find out more.

'Giving Consumers the Environmental Edge'

Date: 08-Jun-11
Author: Lucy Band
Planet Ark has launched Environmental Edge, a series of information-based television advertisements designed to help consumers understand the environmental benefits of a range of products and services.

Happy Birthday 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'!

Date: 03-May-11
Author: In its first 8 years, enough cartridges have been collected to fill over 30 Olympic swimming pools or almost 100 jumbo jets.

Konica Minolta sets a challenge

Date: 28-Apr-11
Author: Konica Minolta has set itself the challenge of reducing carbon dioxide emissions throughout its product lifecycles by 80% by 2050.

Help us celebrate our 18th birthday and win prizes

Date: 10-Mar-11
Author: Zhi Yan
Tell us what you would like to see Planet Ark achieve in the next few years, and you'll go in the running to win a share in over $900 worth of prizes!

Recycling scheme for flood-damaged ink cartridges

Date: 28-Jan-11
Author: Zhi Yan
Special sized 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection bags have been set-up in specific Officeworks outlets in Queensland so that businesses, in particular, can drop off flood-damaged printer cartridge supplies for recycling.

Recycling within reach of small business

Date: 24-Jun-10
Author: Michelle Cook
The most extensive directory of recycling services in Australia will be launched by Planet Ark today to help business owners and operators save money and reduce waste.

Do you choose the right bin?

Date: 23-Apr-10
Author: Michelle Cook
Research shows almost 50 percent of people place used printer cartridges in the wrong bin

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' enters its 8th year

Date: 22-Apr-10
Author: Michelle Cook
Thursday April 22 celebrates Earth Day and 8 years of 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'

More places to recycle your 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'

Date: 20-Apr-10
Author: Michelle Cook
JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys now collecting 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'

Mobile Phone Recycling in Victorian Workplaces

Date: 29-Mar-10
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Are you in a workplace in Victoria with your own 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection box? Check out the trial program with Mobile Muster.

Printer cartridges live again

Date: 29-Mar-10
Author: Michelle Cook
Cartridges collected through the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program are being reused to make recycling bins.

When it comes to printer cartridge recycling, Australians have an inkling!

Date: 16-Sep-09
Author: Michelle Cook
'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' celebrates 10 million returns

Check out the Nova Casanovas and recycle your cartridges!

Date: 22-Apr-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Catch the Nova Casanovas on Wednesday 22nd April at lunchtime at Dick Smith North Parramatta or tune into Nova 96.9 FM.

Calling Green Team Members

Date: 21-Apr-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Are you or your friend, colleague or partner part of a formal or informal Green Team or Sustainability Team at work?

Zero Waste To Landfill accreditation for Close the Loop

Date: 17-Apr-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
For the 6th year running, Close the Loop, Resource Recovery Partner for 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark', has been certified as 'Zero Waste to Landfill'.

Planet Ark prepares to re-launch 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'

Date: 20-Mar-09
Author: Michelle Cook
Planet Ark is using Earth Day to re-launch the hugely successful 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program.

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