Post Douglas tops Qld list for waste recycling
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.
Saving the planet: Enid Paris and Jo Wiliams