Document Solutions Australia sponsors Cartridges 4 Planet Ark
Cartridges 4 Planet Ark is a free collection service for the recycling of used cartridges throughout Australia. The program is world-leading in its guarantee of zero waste to landfill from the recycling process.
The public can deposit cartridges of any kind in specially marked boxes at participating Australia Post, Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Tandy, Dick Smith Electronic and Powerhouse outlets. A full list of collection outlets are listed at www.RecyclingNearYou.com.au
To be eligible for a collection box, your organisation needs to use a minimum of 3 imaging consumables (toner bottles, laser cartridges, drum units, fuser kits, inkjets etc) from ANY fax, photocopier or printer per month.
About Cartridges 4 Planet Ark
Australians throw away more than 18 million cartridges every year.
This amounts to over 5,000 tonnes of material, including laser toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges, photocopier toner bottles and drums. That’s why we want you to put them in ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ bin, NOT the garbage bin!
Planet Ark is working with Close The Loop®, an Australian hi-tech resource recovery company, to prevent these problems. The recycling technology is so advanced that nothing goes to waste. Almost 60% of the laser cartridges are sent to the original equipment manufacturers for their remanufacturing or component recovery programs. All inkjet cartridges, toner bottles and laser drums are processed to recycle their component materials into new products.
The component materials recovered include aluminium, steel, plastic, toner, ink and foam. All are recycled into new products or reused in new applications. Even residue toner is reused as pigment for colouring plastic products.
For more information visit www.cartridges.planetark.org