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Happy 10 Years 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'!

Date: 20-Apr-12

Kamahl & Tim Webster for 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' © Jess McCallum

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' is celebrating! Not only is it the 10-year anniversary of the program, but we also reached our 2011 target with over 18 million printer cartridges recycled over the life of the program. Thank you for all your help!

Through this program, more than 77 bags of printer cartridges are diverted from landfill every day, equating to around 8,400 tonnes of plastics, metals, inks and toners.

Some of the famous faces that have supported the campaign over the years include Adam Spencer, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Kamahl, Karina Brown, Lenny Henry, Lochie Daddo, Richard Branson, Sandra Sully, Shelley Craft, Sophie Falkiner, Tim Webster and The Umbilical Brothers. 

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' is an example of an effective extended producer responsibility program. The cost of collecting, transporting, and recycling the printer cartridges, as well as raising awareness for the program, is paid for by the participating equipment manufacturers - Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta, Kyocera and Lexmark.

Click here to be the first to see what Kamahl and Tim Webster say about the program and check out some of the other famous faces that have helped promote the program over the last 10 years.

Printer cartridges contain metals such as steel, aluminium and copper, as well as ink, toner powder, plastics, rubber, silica and foam. The recycled materials can be turned into pens, rulers, chemical spill clean up kits, and in eWoodTM applications such as park benches, fencing, and signs.

This year, with the help of its ambassadors and the public, the program is aiming to reach 20 million cartridges recycled. Click here to find your nearest drop-off location, or go to to search by your specific postcode.

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