City contributes to record year for Cartridges 4 Planet Ark

Media Release 26 May 2017

Over the last 12 months City of South Perth residents and businesses have recycled more than 4,300 used printer cartridges, contributing to the record year for Cartridges 4 Planet Ark.

At the City’s libraries more than 1,300 cartridges were collected, placing the City in the national top 10 for council collections.

In the past year Australians have made history by recycling a record 13,500 used printer cartridges every working day, making it the biggest year ever since the launch of the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ program. 

In total, over 3.5 million cartridges were returned for recycling or remanufacture, which is equivalent to 386 bathtubs of cartridges returned every working day, or 6 backyard swimming pools every week. 

Collectively the participating cartridge manufacturers Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta and Kyocera have helped Australians divert 34 million cartridges from landfill, which is equivalent to over 14,500 tonnes of materials, since the program began in 2003.

“Waste is a growing issue that affects us all, in business and at home. That’s why a program like Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, which allows us to recover and reuse valuable materials, and protect the environment by avoiding landfill, is invaluable,” City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said. 

Local residents can access the program for free by taking their printer cartridges to the local collection boxes located at the South Perth Library and Manning Library and Australia Post outlets.

Consumers and workplaces can access a free network of 4,000 Cartridges 4 Planet Ark public recycling collection boxes around the country, located at all Officeworks stores and participating Australia Post, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys and Office National outlets. 

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