Post Dou­glas tops Qld list for waste re­cy­cling

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

PORT Dou­glas is at the top of the state’s list of elec­tronic waste re­cy­clers.

For the last five years res­i­dents and busi­nesses have been do­nat­ing their empty ink car­tridges in boxes out­side of the Port Dou­glas Post Of­fice to be re­cy­cled through the Car­tridge 4 Planet Ark pro­gram.

An in­cred­i­ble 230 car­tridges were col­lected by the Port Dou­glas Post Of­fice in March, more than any other out­let in the state.

Aus­tralian Post spokes­woman Sarah Gor­don was thrilled to see such a small town col­lect the most ink car­tridges.

“The ex­cel­lent re­sponse that we have re­ceived from our cus­tomers in Port Dou­glas shows how keen peo­ple are to help the en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“While re­cy­cling of alu­minium cans and news­pa­pers has im­proved dra­mat­i­cally over the past decade, more than 18 mil­lion printer car­tridges end up in land­fill each year. “

Port Dou­glas Post Of­fice man­ager Enid Paris said staff sim­ply empty the boxes when they are filled.

“It is re­ally just a com­mu­nity ser­vice - we don’t mind do­ing it,” she said.

“We have been do­ing it for years now and I think it is a good thing that peo­ple are re­cy­cling their car­tridges be­cause it is sav­ing out planet.”

The Car­tridge 4 Planet Ark is a free and sim­ple re­cy­cling ser­vice at par­tic­i­pat­ing re­tail Post Of­fice stores of­fered by Aus­tralia Post.

One-third of the toner car­tridges col­lected are re­turned to their orig­i­nal man­u­fac­tur­ers for re­man­u­fac­tur­ing or com­po­nent re­cov­ery.

The re­main­ing car­tridges are con­verted into new prod­ucts such as park benches and rulers.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Sav­ing the planet: Enid Paris and Jo Wil­iams

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