Councils Paving a Green-Toner Future
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. It was developed by Downer EDI and Close the Loop, the resource recovery partner of 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'.
On 16 September 2014, the City of Sydney laid its first roads with TonerPave® on Watkin St Newtown near King St (pictured), and on Burton Street Darlinghurst. This follows several Melbourne Councils including Boroondara, Hume, Greater Dandenong, Banyule, Manningham, Kingston, Nillumbik and Mornington Peninsula, and in Adelaide, Salisbury Council.
TonerPave® is beneficial in that it is low carbon and longer lasting than comparable road surfaces which lowers ongoing maintenance costs. Not to mention the cartridges that are diverted from landfill.
'Buy It Back' is one of the Seven Secrets of Successful Recycling according to Planet Ark's recent report for National Recycling Week. Buying products made from recycled materials create a closed loop economy and increase demand for recycled goods, which increases investment in recycling collection schemes and infrastructure.
Find out more about TonerPave®.
Find out more about recycling your 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'.