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Canon recycles cartridges through Planet Ark scheme

September 25, 2014

Credit: Appliance Retailer

Credit: Appliance Retailer

OEM saves six million cartridges from landfill in Australia through ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ recycling project.

Appliance Retailer reported on the “milestone” achieved by Canon with the help of Australian non-profit organisation Planet Ark, whose ‘Cartridge 4 Planet Ark’ scheme has seen thousands of ink, laser cartridges and toner bottles recycled into a variety of different products, including an asphalt it calls TonerPave.

30,000 recycling points are accessible throughout Australia, with 1,718 tonnes of waste so far collected – “the equivalent of 16 space shuttles” – which would otherwise “take between 450 to 1,000 years to break down” if sent to landfill.

As well as TonerPave, the waste is recycled into products such as “pens, rulers and eWood applications such as park benches, fencing and signs”, with Planet Ark and Canon aiming to ‘close the loop’ to help the environment.

Janet Leslie, Sustainability Manager at Canon Oceania, commented: “This achievement demonstrates to retailers and customers the significant impact of their recycling efforts to-date, including the development of several new products using recycled materials […]  Canon is committed to working closely with our partners to make a positive environmental impact by recovering resources and reducing the volume of waste entering landfill. This is also an increasingly important factor for consumers in their purchasing decision.”

She added: “Right from the start, our aim was to ‘close the loop’, reducing our impact on the environment by ensuring that the materials from the Cartridges for Planet Ark program are repurposed into new products.

“We have recently installed a planter wall made from eWood in our new headquarters at Macquarie Park and we are inspired by the possibilities of TonerPave. We encourage individuals and retailers to continue their enthusiasm in supporting the Cartridges for Planet Ark Program.”

Meanwhile Steve Morriss, Founder and Executive Director of Close the Loop Limited, a partner of the project explains: “Products using recycled materials such as TonerPave highlight how the green economy has the potential to lead the way in the embattled Australian manufacturing industry.”

The Recycler reported in May on Planet Ark’s achievement of recycling 30,000 cartridges in Burnie, Tasmania since 2003 through its programme.

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