Where to recycle...

Toners, inks & cartridges   business-recyling-icon_1850084932971878360.png

photo of a pile of printer cartridgesIt's estimated that 1.5 million toner cartridges are used annually in Australia, which leads to 1,500 tonnes of non-biodegradable waste. We also throw away up to 1.2 million ink jet cartridges and 250,000 laser cartridges per month! (Only 15% are recycled).

PlanetArk have launched Cartridges 4 Planet Ark. Under this program, laser cartridges are sent to the original equipment manufacturers for their remanufacturing or component recovery programs.  All inkjet cartridges, toner bottles and laser drums are processed to recycle their component materials into new precuts. All are recycled into new products or reused in new applications.

In 2012 over 20,086,818 printer cartridges were given new lives as ewood, pens and many other product components. So what has all this recycling achieved?

  • over 9,300 tonnes of cartridges diverted from landfill
  • over 95,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases prevented from being released into the atmosphere*
  • significant water, energy and resource savings as a result of the recycled materials being used in other products

Drop off your used cartridges in specially marked boxes at our Community Recycling Centre at the Minnamurra Waste & Recycling Facility.  You can also find collection points at participating Australia Post, JB HiFi, Officeworks outlets and Cartridge World Shellharbour at Shop 19/17 Industrial Road Oak Flats (p: (02) 4256 3010).

Ricoh also offers a consumables recycling program.  For more information click here.

A full list of collection outlets is provided at