We've Hit 25 Million!
Author: Ryan Collins
May's monster month of collections was our biggest ever! ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collected 366,354 printer cartridges for recycling or around 130,000 kg. On top of that, we have just hit 25 million cartridges recycled since the program began 11 years ago.
So what are the environmental benefits of this success?
- over 11,200 tonnes of cartridges diverted from landfill;
- over 114,240 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.
The CO2 saved from recycling through the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program is equivalent to taking more than 27,450 cars of the road permanently!
It also allows for new and innovative products that can be designed with sustainability and the reuse of precious resources in mind. TonerPaveTM, a new type of road surface that uses recycled toner in its manufacture, was recently launched by Close the Loop, Australia's largest printer cartridge recycling company and ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' partner, and Downer, a leading provider of engineering and infrastructure management services.
It seems with more workplaces registering for a collection box every month, and new retailers promoting the program like Office National and CartridgesDirect, we are going from strength to strength.
In partnership with the participating manufacturers, Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta and Kyocera, this voluntary extended producer responsibility (EPR) program is one of the most successful of its kind in Australia.
To help us reach our target of 28 million cartridges recycled by March 2015:
- Find a free drop off point near you and tell your friends and family, or
- See if your workplace can 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