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Who Made the Top Ten Cartridge Recyclers

Date: 12-May-16
Author: Ryan Collins

Layne Beachley AO, seven-time World Champion surfer with eWood garden beds made from reimagined printer cartridges © Planet Ark

Layne Beachley AO, seven-time World Champion surfer with eWood garden beds made from reimagined printer cartridges

2015 was another big year for the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ program. More than 3.3 million cartridges were diverted from landfill and workplace collection points increased by 68% from 2014 with 4,575 new registrations.

Overall visits to the cartridges pages on RecyclingNearYou.com.au increased by 6% on 2014 figures and 19% on 2013

So we thought we'd take the opportunity to thank everyone that helped make that possible, especially to the top ten returners.

Top Ten Workplaces and Councils 

To collect 3.3 million cartridges it takes lots of workplaces doing the right thing - so thanks to everyone who participated.

The top ten workplaces for 2015, including the total number of cartridges collected are:

  1. 25,441 - Aspitech
  2. 16,285 - Endeavour Foundation
  3. 10,969 - Imosh Australia
  4. 4,291 - Colourworks
  5. 3,961 - Spade Comp & Office Machines
  6. 3,720 - Substation 33
  7. 3,553 - Lightning Source Australia, Scoresby
  8. 3,359 - Department of Human Services
  9. 3,300 - Belmont Forum Shopping Centre
  10. 3,068 - eResources Copy Print Systems

Local councils are increasingly providing public collection points for their residents as well as recycling their own cartridges. The top ten councils in 2015 were:

  1. 5,664 - Hornsby Shire Council, NSW*
  2. 4,559 - Moonee Valley, VIC (NEW)
  3. 2,774 - City of Yarra, VIC*
  4. 2,426 - Randwick City Council, NSW*
  5. 2,423 - City of Monash, VIC*
  6. 1,949 - City of Vincent, WA*
  7. 1,532 - Mindarie Regional Council, WA*
  8. 1,309 - Armidale Dumaresq Council, NSW (NEW)
  9. 1,261 - Town of Bassendean, WA (NEW)
  10. 1,243 - City of Cockburn, WA (NEW)

*Top ten last year

Together these and all the other collection points have helped divert thousands of tonnes of non-renewable resources out of landfill and back into the economy. So a huge thank you and we hope that you'll help us make 2016 even more successful.

Register now or call for a collection on 1800 242473


Ryan                                              Collins

Author: Ryan Collins

Ryan is the Recycling Programs Manager at Planet Ark. After nearly a decade working in the banking and finance industry Ryan was drawn to a career in environmental conservation that saw him work in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji. With a background in psychology and environmental management, Ryan’s role at Planet Ark since 2012 has been focused on developing engaging and positive environmental behaviour change programs to help everyone recycle and reduce waste.



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