Good news – those once useless, cumbersome and messy used ink cartridges are now fodder for a wide range of useful products. Cartridges Direct, the leading online reseller of printer cartridges is now an ambassador for Planet Ark’s ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’, an innovative recycling program that provides Australians with a free, easy and environmentally-accredited way to recycle their used printer cartridges.
As you would imagine, ink cartridges are made up of a variety of plastics, metal, inks and toners. Recycled, these used cartridges are resources that can be re-purposed for a myriad of fantastic uses. Alternatively, if they end up in our garbage bins, these resources are lost and add heavily to the burden of landfill.
Collected through Cartridges Direct, the used cartridges are sent to be processed through a patented, Australian-made ‘Green Machine’, which reduces the cartridges to smaller particles that are then more easily separated. Inkjet cartridges are processed through another machine, which also uses patented world-first technology. Magnets are used to remove ferrous (iron-based) metals, while eddie currents are used to remove any aluminium content in the cartridge.
The result of this ‘Green Machine’ process is the recovery of a variety of useful, raw materials. These recycled raw materials are then further filtered, upgraded and ultimately used instead of virgin materials in normal manufacturing to make new products with absolutely no waste going to landfill.
The recycled materials can be turned into all sorts of everyday products such as pens, rulers, eWood™ – an innovative building material that is used to make park benches, fencing and signs, and TonerPave™ that is used to make roads, such as the one featured in the television commercial for Cartridges 4 Planet Ark‘ with Layne Beachley.
This is ultimately a good news story that illustrates what responsible corporations and not-for-profits can do together to help lesson the load on the environment by recycling. Cartridges Direct take their role as a responsible corporate citizen seriously, and that’s why they’re partnering with Cartridges 4 Planet Ark – positive environmental actions, for everyone.