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Cartridges 4 Planet Ark fights ocean plastics

May 9, 2019

Cartridges 4 Planet Ark announced it is teaming up with Surfrider Foundation Australia to combat ocean plastic pollution.

The two veteran not for profits are working together in the fight against marine plastic.

Planet Ark’s printer cartridge recycling program has pledged its support for Surfrider Foundation Australia (SFA) and will donate one cent per printer cartridge dropped off by Australians during May to support the foundation’s efforts in keeping Australia’s oceans and beaches clean.

SFA was founded in 1991 and has dedicated itself to protecting Australia’s coastlines since. It has recently launched the Ocean Friendly campaign, which aims to reduce the amount of single use plastic used by businesses throughout Australia’s extensive coastline communities.

Claire Bell, Planet Ark’s Recycling Campaign Manager, said that it was only natural that the two work together on reducing plastic waste.

“Cartridges 4 Planet Ark has helped to ensure plastic and other valuable materials are reused instead of being sent to landfill for over 16 years, we felt it was high time we recognised the efforts of other not for profits doing their part to keep plastic out of the environment.”

Susie Crick, the National Chairperson of SFA, agreed that it’s important to rethink our dependence on plastic.

“We all live downstream, so any waste that we capture on land will ensure a healthier and cleaner ocean.”

The announcement comes at the same time as new Planet Ark commissioned research from Pollinate which has found that 74 percent of Australians think that manufacturers should take more responsibility in managing their products’ end of life.

That same research found that community appetites for policy solutions to plastic waste are growing. Only 14 percent opposed tax incentives for product manufacturers who use recycled plastic, and surprisingly only 20 percent disagreed with a proposal to introduce a levy on plastic products to reduce consumption.

Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’s partners include printer companies like Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta and Kyocera who are backing the program.

According to Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, so far Australians have returned over 41 million cartridges, or enough to fill 82 Olympic swimming pools. These have been turned into a range of products, with the help of the program’s resource recovery partner Close the Loop, including Enviroliner pens, eWood garden beds and Tonerplas road surfaces.

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