Planet Ark News

Growing a Garden Among the Cartridges

Date: 18-Aug-15
Author: Ryan Collins

Kareela Public School being presented with their eWood garden beds. From left to right, Brad Gray (Planet Ark), Nikoletta Stadnik, Georgie Ethell, Harrison Tse, David O'Connell (Principal), James Napier, Ky Seidel, and Brett Mckimm (Officeworks). © Planet Ark

Kareela Public School being presented with their eWood garden beds. From left to right, Brad Gray (Planet Ark), Nikoletta Stadnik, Georgie Ethell, Harrison Tse, David O'Connell (Principal), James Napier, Ky Seidel, and Brett Mckimm (Officeworks).

We all know how important an inspiring school can be for your kids. As part of the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ and Officeworks Schools Competition, we asked ‘Why is it important for your school to recycle printer cartridges?’ We have some inspiring responses.

The most popular reasons for recycling focused on reducing waste going to landfill, educating kids about sustainability and producing new products (like rulers and eWood garden beds) from the recycled cartridges. But the eventual winner of the major prize of eWood garden beds to the value of $1,000, plus a $300 Bunnings gift voucher for soil and plants, was Kareela Public School in NSW.

Their winning entry explained that the school recycles everything it can from its networked printers and photocopiers, including cartridges, because the staff and students know that the chemicals contained within them are potentially hazardous to the environment.

“As a school community, we place a high value on recycling,” said School Principal David O’Connell, on behalf of the students. “We know reducing the amount of electronic waste that currently goes into landfill is important as it is the fastest growing form of generated waste. The ability to recover materials used in cartridges is also a great way to reduce our impact on the environment.”

Planet Ark, Officeworks and Close the Loop recently presented the prize to the School Principal in front of students, teachers and parents. The timing couldn’t have been better with the school embarking on a new vegetable garden project where the students themselves get their hands dirty learning how to look after edible plants (and later getting to eat them too).

Thanks to Officeworks, 200 schools also received 50 rulers as part of the competition.

Inspire your staff by teaching them the benefits of recycling and register your workplace for a (free!) ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ collection box.

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