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What's The Gap In Recycling?

Date: 29-Apr-10

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The results are in - Pollinate found that Australians are much less savvy about recycling their common electronic waste (e-waste) items than their general household recyclables such as plastic packaging, paper and cans.

More than 90 percent of Australians generally were found to ‘do the right thing’ when it comes to their household containers and packaging, which are mostly recyclable through council kerbside recycling bins.  However, far fewer people know how to correctly recycle their printer cartridges, mobile phones or other e-waste.

Th Pollinate study reveals that almost 50% of cartridge users are either disposing of their cartridges in regular bins or in council kerbside recycling bins, even though most council recycling systems are not equipped to process cartridges.

Easy Options

The good news is that recycling your cartridges correctly is actually quite easy. And now with new ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ collection boxes in JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys stores, as well as Officeworks, participating Australia Post, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith and Tandy outlets, it’s even more convenient.  Find the nearest drop-off for your cartridges.

Are you like the 44% of Australians surveyed who keep old mobile phones stored in the house? Give them a new life by dropping them off for recycling. Find recycling drop-off points for mobile phones, computers and more at

Already In The Loop?

Many Aware readers are already recycling as much e-waste as they can.  Why not take it further and encourage your workplace, school or club to recycle too? Workplaces and schools that use more than three printer cartridges a month can register for a free 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ box.

You can even download posters and adaptable emails to let your colleagues know about the box.

Help Planet Ark reach our target of recycling 15 million cartridges by the end of 2010! Visit or call the Hotline on 1800 24 24 73 to find your nearest collection point or to register for a free workplace collection box.

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