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‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ was the first national multi vendor program operated in Australia to specifically collect and divert as many cartridges from Australian landfills as possible. This program is known worldwide as one of the most successful volunteer product stewardship programs in the world and is supported by 6 leading manufacturers and promoted by Planet Ark. Collections, recycling and materials recovery is all undertaken by Close the Loop under a brand promise of Zero Waste to Landfill.
Since the program’s inception in 2003, 56,000,000 cartridges have been collected! This is a fantastic effort by Australians since the program was launched.
Although these numbers sound high, unfortunately many millions of cartridges annually still end up in landfill – an unnecessary waste of energy and irreplaceable resources. One printer cartridge may not seem like much, but as you can see, when everyone gets on board the results are astounding.
The program accepts brands of printer cartridge, toner bottle, drum unit and fuser kit from any of the supporting manufacturers listed here.
It is these manufacturers who offer an End of Life (EoL) management solution for their used cartridges nationally to end users. Covering all costs involved in these take-back programs shows their commitment to offering an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program to their customers.
With over 4,000 ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ cartridge collection boxes located across Australia, it’s both easy and free to recycle your used cartridges. It doesn’t matter where you bought your cartridge from – they can be dropped off for recycling into any collection box located at the following participating retailers. Simply look for a brightly coloured green box and/or signage on where to drop off your cartridges in store.
Cartridges 4 Planet Ark also has collection boxes installed in thousands of corporate and government workplaces and schools Australia wide. If there is a collection box where you work, you can bring in your cartridges from home and drop them into your workplace box too.
If you don’t have a collection box at your workplace and if you use a minimum of 3 imaging consumables per month (toner bottles, laser cartridges, drum units, fuser kits, inkjet cartridges etc) from a participating manufacturer, then register for a collection box.
We will supply you with a Starter Kit consisting of box, lid, pre-labeled bags and ties to get you started along with an information sheet on how the process works. Its simple and easy to participate. We can then provide you with reporting on what your company is collecting and diverting from landfill; this information can be used in your sustainability reports.
Close the Loop’s operations are annually audited to ensure adherence with the brand promise of Zero Waste to Landfill, which it has clearly passed and continues to pass each year.
Program participants actively participate in planning for the collections and recycling of cartridges. In addition, they provide financial support for the public promotion of the program in the form of an annual fee paid to Planet Ark.
Click here for more information on the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark.
CtL not only powers the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program but also manages a number of other programs on behalf of the manufacturers. These programs include: