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Aussies reach a mas­sive mile­stone in printer car­tridge re­cy­cling

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Planet Ark is thank­ing Aus­tralians for re­turn­ing more than 40 mil­lion printer car­tridges (enough to fill at least 80 Olympic–sized swim­ming pools), to col­lec­tion boxes at busi­nesses and work­places around the coun­try since the pro­gram’s launch in 2003.

The ma­te­ri­als in re­turned car­tridges are re­cov­ered by Planet Ark’s Mel­bourne–based re­source re­cov­ery part­ner Close the Loop and in­cor­po­rated in a range of re­cy­cled prod­ucts such as pens, ewood gar­den beds and road sur­faces.

In 2018, we also saw the Downer Group’s launch of Re­conophalt, a more durable road sur­face than tra­di­tional as­phalt which in­cludes re­cy­cled printer toner, soft plas­tic and glass.

Roads made out of the ma­te­rial can al­ready be found in greater Mel­bourne and Syd­ney, with fa­cil­i­ties to pro­duce and lay the roads be­ing built at the time of writ­ing.

Layne Beach­ley, seven–time world surf­ing cham­pion and Planet Ark am­bas­sador, says that it’s a great achieve­ment for Aus­tralians.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to every­one who helped achieve this sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone. To­gether we have kept im­por­tant re­sources in cir­cu­la­tion and out of land­fill. Keep up the great work and let’s make 2019 even big­ger for Car­tridges 4 Planet Ark.” Planet Ark also wants to thank the man­u­fac­tur­ers whose sup­port is es­sen­tial for the pro­gram’s con­tin­ued suc­cess; Brother, Canon, Ep­son, HP, Kon­ica Mi­nolta and Ky­ocera. Car­tridge col­lec­tion boxes can be found at all Of­fice­works stores as well as par­tic­i­pat­ing Aus­tralia Post, Har­vey Nor­man, JB Hi–fi, The Good Guys, Of­fice Na­tional and Of­fice De­pot out­lets. To reg­is­ter for a free car­tridge col­lec­tion box at your work­place or to find your near­est re­tail drop–off lo­ca­tion visit the Planet Ark web­site or call 1300 763 768.

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