What should you do with a used inkjet cartridge?


What should you do with a used inkjet cartridge?

If you throw them in the rubbish bin they end up in landfill, which is not good environmental practice.

It’s much better – and very easy – to recycle them. The leading printer manufacturers have joined forces with Planet Ark, which co-ordinates a recycling service, Cartridges 4 Planet Ark.

Participating manufacturers support the recycling service by covering the cost of collecting and recycling the cartridges.


The Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program is a nationwide recycling program supported by all leading printer manufacturers. Collection boxes for spent cartridges can be found in most post offices and selected retail outlets.

There is no cost to members of the public who wish to recycle cartridges. Collection boxes have been set up in a number of retail outlets around Australia, including Australia Post, Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Tandy and Dick Smith Electronics or PowerHouse outlets. You simply take your used cartridges to one of these outlets and drop them off.

All the printer cartridges collected are sent to Close the Loop for sorting and processing. All inkjet cartridges, toner bottles and drum units are processed to recycle their component materials into new products. The ultimate aim is to return the raw materials back to the original equipment manufacturer for re-use in new cartridges. Cartridges that cannot be re-manufactured are recycled.

The recycling process is very efficient and covers everything from the plastics to aluminium, steel and toner powder. Even the ink from inkjet cartridges is used in lower grade printing applications. The collection program is also available free of charge to selected businesses and government departments anywhere in Australia simply by calling 1800 24 24 73.
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