Product Stewardship

Supporting Partners

The following companies actively support our collection programs, either as part of Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, or through customised collection programs.

Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd

Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd

With over 100 years in operation, Brother International is a leading global manufacturer of laser printers, Multi-Function Centres®, fax machines, P-touch electronic labellers, label printers, typewriters and sewing machines.

All Brother Products are designed to help you conduct business in the most environmentally sustainable manner. Brother International Australia is a proud partner of Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, ANZRP TechCollect and the Australian Packaging Covenant. We have also joined forces with Earthwatch to help find solutions to some of Australia’s pressing environmental challenges.





Canon has successfully developed compact digital cameras that efficiently utilise as few resources as possible, printers and multifunction devices that consume dramatically less energy, and programs for the collection and recycling of used toner cartridges.

Demonstrating its commitment to the environment, Canon pioneered the voluntary collection of used toner cartridges in 1990 and started toner cartridge recycling the following year. To date, we have collected a total of 190,000 tonnes globally. All collected cartridges are utilised as reused parts in new products or in material recycling and we achieve 100% recovery. Through this toner cartridge recycling program, we have reduced the use of new resources by 110,000 tons and CO2 emissions by 310,000 tonnes.

Canon Australia is proud to be a founding partner of the Cartridges for Planet Ark Program. Our cartridges collected through the program are returned through Canon’s global reuse and recycling program or recycled in Australia by Close the Loop.




Epson is a founding member of the Cartridges for Planet Ark (C4PA) program to recycle ink cartridges and toner cartridges. As a division of Seiko Epson Corporation whose corporate roots are in “co-existence with nature”, Epson Australia will actively strive to provide “better products for a better future” in a manner that fully supports our corporate philosophy of protecting the earth’s environment and cooperating with the local community.

In 2008 Epson announced its Environmental Vision for 2050, which aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 90% across the lifecycle of all products and services by 2050.


Fuji Xerox Australia

Fuji Xerox Australia

Fuji Xerox is a leader in integrated document services. The company offers a range of technology solutions and business services to meet the needs of businesses for the effective management of information, from creation through to production, distribution and capture. The company, its management and staff are driven to create sustainable value for its stakeholders and this is reflected in our commitment to environmental responsibility and continuous improvement across all areas of our business.




HP provides free & convenient recycling for Original HP cartridges in more than 50 countries or territories including Australia. HP’s commitment to environmental sustainability helps guide the direction of our company.

We design Original HP print cartridges to be recyclable, incorporate recycled plastic and still meet HP’s demanding standards for quality and reliabilityIn 2011, HP reached cumulative shipments of more than 1 billion cartridges using plastic recycled from used HP cartridges – the first such “closed loop” process in the industry.


Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia is a market leading provider of integrated print hardware and software solutions with the power to transform the business environment.

As a technology innovator, Konica Minolta invests continually in research and development in order to deliver inspiring products and give shape to ideas.

Globally recognised for its award winning products, Konica Minolta works closely with businesses to deliver a range of multifunctional digital imaging solutions for document scanning, printing and electronic archiving and distribution.

Optimised Print Services (OPS) combine consultancy with hardware and software implementation, to help customers further improve efficiency, cut costs, strengthen security and reduce their impact on the environment.

Konica Minolta’s environmental strategy has been an integral part of our business for over 30 years. More than just being environmentally aware, we combine environmental sustainability into our operations and encourage the same of our partners and clients.

Our business machines are among the most environmentally efficient available. They are more energy efficient, use less toner, and produce less greenhouse gas emissions than ever before.

Konica Minolta has also been awarded EPEAT® Certification, which is managed by the Green Electronics Council. This comprehensive environmental rating helps to identify greener computers and other electronic equipment and was first introduced in 2006. Imaging equipment was added as a new product category in 2013. It ranks products as gold, silver or bronze based on fifty nine environmental performance criteria considering life cycle of imaging equipment. Learn more about EPEAT® certification here.

Some Words from Konica Minolta

” Konica Minolta would like to thank the community, our customers, fellow members and Planet Ark for their continued support of the Cartridges for Planet Ark program. Together we have recycled almost 1.8 million cartridges over the last 14 years. This broad commitment to the environment inspires us to relentlessly strive towards a sustainable future for all, thank you.” Shane Blandford, Director of Marketing and Innovation.  



Kyocera is one of the world’s leading document solutions companies and has been dedicated to helping organisations minimise financial and ecological waste for more than 50 years. Kyocera’s products utilise ‘toner only’ technology, making them less wasteful and more environmentally responsible.

Kyocera supports numerous environmental initiatives, including being a signatory the National Packaging Covenant, a partner with ANZRP for the Tech Collect program, and over a decade long partnership with Clean Up Australia.

Kyocera Document Solutions Australia is pleased to sponsor the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ recycling program and looks forward to continuing to work with their customers to help minimise waste and recycle more.




As a leading global provider of printing and business solutions, Lexmark maintains a strong commitment to sustainability and the environment. Through the Lexmark Cartridge Collection Program, Lexmark has helped to recycle over 2 million cartridges and is continuing to minimise the amount of waste going to Australian landfills.

Learn more about Lexmark and the environment.

Visit Lexmark Australia and Lexmark New Zealand.



At Samsung, we believe it’s our responsibility to do business in a way that enriches our planet. That’s why we carry out a wide range of environmental activities all around the world. Samsung Electronics Australia is proud to work in partnership with Close the Loop.

Samsung’s global Eco-Management initiative establishes a comprehensive set of goals including reducing GHG emissions from manufacturing and product use and expanding innovative eco-friendly products on the market.




Sharp is committed to reducing its impact on the environment based on the philosophy of “Creating an environmentally conscious company with sincerity and creativity”. Sharp aims to become an Environmentally Advanced Company: a company balancing business expansion with environmental preservation.

The policy of the Sharp Corporation of Australia (SCA) is to achieve a high standard of environmental care in conducting our business. Sharp is moving forward to even more thoroughly fulfil its social responsibility through manufacturing and technologies that contribute to the conservation of the global environment.




As part of Toshiba’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, we have made major efforts to reduce the impact of our activities on the environment. We are promoting good environmental management practices across all of our products and business processes. This includes recycling of toner cartridges and other end of use products, and a zero waste to landfill target.




CtL would like to welcome OKI Data Australia as a fully supporting partner of the Close the Loop Cartridge Collection program. OKI Marketing Manager Antonio Leone, said that “CtL were the ideal partner because of their proven track record, comprehensive services, and unquestionable expertise in the field of resource recovery and re-use.”

OKI is a market leader in the global business printer market, designing and manufacturing a range of versatile & high performance solutions. Meeting the ever changing needs of businesses requires innovative technology and at OKI this also goes hand-in-hand with awareness and care for our environment.

OKI’s multifaceted approach to the environment includes the creation of eco-friendly products that feature LED technology, which in turn employ fewer parts and consume less energy.  OKI is also proud to be part of TechCollect, a nationwide recycling service for end-of-life electronic & computing products, part of a big effort to cut the amount of electronic waste that goes into landfill.


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