Landfill burden eased by recycling cartridges

Council and Planet Ark are encouraging residents to reduce waste sent to landfill by recycling their used printer cartridges at approved drop-off locations.

A renewed emphasis has been placed on recycling and reusing materials after the State Government’s increase to landfill costs. Through Council’s support of the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program, it hopes to encourage residents to drop off their used cartridges and push towards the national goal of recycling 15 million cartridges by the end of 2011.

Residents can drop off their used cartridges at the following locations

  • Mount Beauty, Myrtleford and Bright libraries
  • Alpine Shire Council offices in Bright
  • Bright Post Office

Waste Management Officer Sandra Light said there are environmental benefits from recycling used cartridges.

“When printer cartridge components are reused or recycled, large volumes of materials are diverted from landfill giving new life to what would otherwise become waste,” she said.

“Cartridges 4 Planet Ark has so far recycled 12 million cartridges which equates to over 5,400 tonnes of waste being kept out of landfill.”

Planet Ark research shows 30 per cent of people wrongly dispose of cartridges via general waste and 14 per cent via general recycling.

“Printer cartridges are complex items which are unable to be recycled alongside everyday household waste,” Ms Light said.

“When we put the wrong items in a household recycling bin, we contaminate the entire contents of the bin and reduce the effectiveness of the recycling process.”

Local businesses are encouraged to join the program and can register for a free workplace collection bin if they use more than three cartridges a month.

To register call Cartridges 4 Planet Ark on 1800 24 24 73.

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