News

Northside residents return cartridges for recycling

More than 14,000 used printer cartridges have been recycled in north Brisbane in the past year, and more than 3.5 million have been recycled nationwide.
More than 14,000 used printer cartridges have been recycled in north Brisbane in the past year, and more than 3.5 million have been recycled nationwide. Contributed

NORTHSIDE residents recycled more than 14,000 used printer cartridges in the past year.

The figures were provided by Planet Ark as they celebrated the fact more than 3.5 million cartridges were returned for recycling or remanufacture nationwide.

In north Brisbane, the number of cartridges recycled by postcode in the past year included:

  • 4017 (Bracken Ridge, Brighton, Deagon, Sandgate, Shorncliffe) - 988
  • 4018 (Fitzgibbon, Taigum) - 111
  • 4034 (Aspley, Boondall, Carseldine, Geebung, Zillmere) - 6207
  • 4036 (Bald Hills) - 428
  • 4014 (Banyo, Nudgee, Virginia) - 6270

Planet Ark Recycling Programs Manager Ryan Collins said a key factor in this success was the industry's willingness to participate in the voluntary product stewardship scheme, which ensured the environmental impact of their products was responsibly managed at the end of their useful life.

He said, collectively, the participating cartridge manufacturers Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta and Kyocera had helped Australians divert 34 million cartridges from landfill, which was equivalent to more than 14,500 tonnes of materials, since the program began in 2003.

"Working within a closed loop or circular process, like the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program which allows us to recover and reuse valuable materials and keep them circulating, is essential,” Mr Collins said.

"It doesn't make good business sense to send useful and valuable materials to landfill when they can be salvaged and directed back into the economy.

"We're particularly proud of the fact that the program has consistently achieved zero waste to landfill every year.”

Mr Collins said printer cartridges could take between 450 and 1000 years to break down in landfill, and e-waste was the fastest-growing form of waste.

"Rapid innovation, decrease in product lifespan and declining prices of both electronics and raw materials have led to more and more items being discarded.

"So it's vital, for the environment and a viable manufacturing industry, that the concept of a closed loop production cycle is embraced.”

Once they are collected, used cartridges are sorted and, depending on their type, returned to the manufacturer for remanufacturing, or dismantled, with plastics, metals, toner and ink collected for recycling by resource recovery partner Close the Loop.

Even the bags and ties that help transport the cartridges once the collection box is full get recycled.

Aluminium, steel and up to six different types of plastic can be retrieved from used cartridges to make a variety of new products including cartridges, pens, rulers, eWood which is used to make park benches, fencing and garden beds, and TonerPave, an asphalt additive that improves the performance and longevity of roads.

Here's a list of north Brisbane locations where you can recycle your ink cartridges:

Aspley

  • Australia Post, 59 Albany Creek Road
  • Harvey Norman, 1411-1419 Gympie Road
  • Officeworks, 1430-1434 Gympie Road

Bald Hills

  • Australia Post, 2095 Gympie Road
  • The Good Guys, Carseldine Homemaker Centre

Bracken Ridge

  • Australia Post, 250 Telegraph Road

Geebung

  • Zillmere Stationery, 115 Robinson Road East

Sandgate

  • Australia Post, 1 Bowser Parade

Virginia

  • Officeworks, 1836 Sandgate Road

Zillmere

  • Buyequip, 194 Zillmere Road

For more information visit www.cartridges.planetark.org or call 1300 763 768.

Topics:  cartridges 4 planet ark planet ark recycling used printer cartridges


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Theatre group performs popular musical

Joseph and his brothers played by Connor Chadwick, Byron Philp, Liam Hartley and Liam Kirkpatrick in Mousetrap Theatre's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.

Mousetrap Theatre retells biblical story

New heavy vehicle rest area puts brakes on fatigue

A new heavy vehicle rest stop at Nudgee will include 25 parking bays and pedestrian walkways connecting it to the existing Nudgee Service Centre carpark.

A $2.7m heavy vehicle rest stop is being built at Nudgee

Police seek help with ATM robberies

Bank ATM machine Photo Lou Waters / Sunshine Coast Daily

Four ATMs targeted in north Brisbane shopping centres

Local Partners

Council improves safety on Bracken Ridge roads

Council has added a range of safety initiatives as part of an upgrade to two streets in Bracken Ridge.

Dress code strictly active wear at city lunch

A design from luxe sportswear label Sport Le Moda.

Joggers, tights, jumpers and even sweatpants will be the dress code

Athlete faces tough new obstacle on TV

Olympic gymnast Larrissa Miller tackling the tough course.

She's no stranger to stepping outside of her comfort zone

Bundy mum blogging to get families offline

FAMILY FUN: Deonie Crowther is holding family craft sessions at the Windmill Cafe in Bargara.

Crafty projects a hit with parents and children

Beauty blogger’s horribly racist product review

A POPULAR beauty blogger and model has come under fire for using a racist slur in a recent post.

Outrage as Ninja Warrior cuts Australia's fittest man

Adelaide’s James Newbury was mysteriously cut from the Ninja Warrior broadcast.

Australia's fittest man wasn’t good enough for Ninja Warrior.

Maggie's whirlwind trip around Japan

Maggie Beer pictured in a scene from her TV special Maggie in Japan.

Cooking icon serves up the best of Japanese cuisine in new TV show.

Exploring our complex relationship with the Southern Cross

Warwick Thornton in a scene from his documentary film We Don't Need A Map.

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton explores national identity, nationalism.

Ben will be cooking with Oma

Masterchef 2017 contestant Ben Ungermann.

MASTERCHEF'S last man standing will draw on his Dutch heritage.

Prince Charles and Camilla heading for Qld

Prince Charles and Camilla

It promises to be a holiday fit for a King

Eddie McGuire to come back as Footy Show co-host

Eddie McGuire at the Million Dollar Lunch annual fundraiser for the Children's Cancer Foundation in Melbourne, Friday, Aug. 6, 2015. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING

Footy Show axes Craig Hutchison, Sam Newman survives