Toner Cartridge Recycling

Print Cartridge Recycling

An estimated 18 million printer cartridges are used by Australians each year, creating 5000 tonnes of waste.1 However toner cartridges can be recycled!

Planet Ark, the Australian not-for profit environmental organisation, have joined with Close the Loop and other participating manufacturers to set up the innovative 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program.  This program collects and returns cartridges for remanufacturing and recycling - therefore keeping them out of landfill.  In fact we guarantee zero waste to landfill for all of the cartridges collected through the program. 

You can visit http://cartridges.planetark.org/ to learn what exactly happens to the cartridges when they are recycled.
 

Print Cartridge Recycling at UOW

 The University has participated in the Cartridges for Planet Ark program for a few years and ESI are looking to coordinate our approach to toner cartridge recycling on campus to ensure all staff and students have access to the program.

Downloads to help Implement the Program in your building.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What can I put in the print cartridge recycling bin at UOW? 
  2. How do I recycle printer, fax machine and photocopier print cartridges at UOW?
  3. Where is my nearest toner cartridge bin at UOW?
  4. Which brands can be recycled?
  5. Are there any health and safety risks from recycling print cartridges?
  6. What happens to the cartridges when they are recycled?
  7. What about my print cartridges in my printer at home?
  8. Where can I get more information?
  9. The print cartridge bin near me is full, what do I do?
  10. There are few or no bin liners left, what do I do?
  11. I work at UOW and I want a print cartridge recycling bin in my area, what do I do?

1. What can I put in the toner cartridge recycling bin at UOW?

 All  printing related equipment that are from the brands supported by the program can be disposed in the collection boxes including:

  • All bottles, large & small
  • All cartridges: Toner & Inkjets
  • Bulk inkjet containers
  • Bulk Plastics
  • Bulk toner/developer
  • Bulk Liquid Cleaning Units
  • Copier Parts
  • Developer Units
  • Drum Units
  • Fuser Units 
  • Fax Rolls
  • Imaging Units
  • Printheads
  • Toner Collection Kits
  • Transfer Kits
  • Waste Hoppers/Containers/Collectors

2. How do I recycle printer, fax machine and photocopier print cartridges at UOW?

Step 1: Check if it is a brand that is supported by the collection program (refer to point 4).

Step 2:  If it is a supported brand simply remove the cartridge from the device and place in your nearest Cartridges 4 Planet Ark recycle bin. 

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3. Where is my nearest print cartridge bin at UOW?

For UOW staff and students please contact  environment-team@uow.edu.au to find out where your nearest print cartridge recycling bin is located at UOW.  

If you are an outside organisation looking to recycle print toner cartridges please contact Planet Ark for advice on 1800 24 24 73.

 4. Which brands can be recycled?

Only certain brands can be recycled using this collection service.  These brands are:

  • Brother
  • Canon,
  • Epson
  • Konica Minolta
  • HP
  • Kyocera
  • Lexmark
  • IBM
  • Toshiba
  • Lanier
  • Fuji Xerox Austraila
  • Samsung
  • Panasonic
  • Sharp

DO NOT place Calidad, Dell, Fuji Xerox, Kodak, Mimaki, Oce, Ricoch, Tektronix or Xeikon Brands in the collection bins as these companies do not participate in this recycling program.  Note:  Some may have their own recycling programs.  For more information visit Cartridges.PlanetArk.org/Workplace

5. Are there any health and safety risks from recycling print cartridges?

Some black and coloured toners do use heavy metals to provide colour/pigment. These chemicals are safely contained within a print cartridge. In normal use and disposal of a print cartridge an individual will not come into contact with these chemicals. 

The materials only become a health risk when they are no longer contained. This can be either through the deliberate opening of the cartridge during recycling or through the casing breakdown due to exposure in landfill. So recycling print cartridges is better, and safer, for the environment!

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6. What happens to the cartridges when they are recycled?

Planet Ark provides comprehensive information on their toner cartridge recycling program on their website. 
Information can be found by visiting their What Happens website or downloading their information poster.

7. What about my print cartridges in my printer at home?

Print cartridges cannot be recycled in your normal recycling bin at home. As part of the University’s commitment to the environment, and to the community, as long as they are of brands supported by this recycling program you are encouraged to bring in your print cartridges in from home and place them in the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark bins on campus .  Information on other options to recycle print cartridges in the community are available  through the Planet Ark Website.

8.Where can I get more information?

More information is available from the Environment Unit by contacting environment_team@uow.edu.au or through the Planet Ark Website.

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9. The print cartridge bin near me is full, what do I do?

At Wollongong Campus:

  1. Remove the bin liner and secure it with the tie provided as part of the bin kit. 
  2. Place the bag in the internal mail and UOW’s Distribution Services will make sure it gets to Australia Post for sending to the recyclers.
  3. Replace the bin liner so that the box is ready to be used again. There should be spare liners in the bottom of the box.  If not contact the Environment and Sustainable Initiatives Unit on 4221 3626 to arrange for more liner bags.
  4. Please note:  Under no circumstances  should an external company/contractor be coming to empty the toner collection bins at UOW.  If this situation arises please contact UOW Security.

 At Innovation Campus:

  1. When the bin is 3/4 full please log a job through Resolve FM Hub.
  2. A representative will come and empty the bin and replace the liner bag.
  3. Please note:  Under no circumstances  should an external company/contractor be coming to empty the toner collection bins at UOW.  If this situation arises please contact UOW Security.

10. There are few or no bin liners left, what do I do?

At Wollongong Campus, as soon as you realise the bin is running out of liners, please call the Environment and Sustainable Initiatives Unit on 4221 3626. We will send out more liners and ties to you with the unique identifiers and postage information on them.

At Innovation Campus Resolve FM will take care of that for you. 

 11. I work at UOW and I want a print cartridge recycling bin in my area, what do I do?

If you are a UOW staff member please contact the Environment Unit at environment-team@uow.edu.au for assistance.  If you are an outside organisation wishing to arrange a print cartridge recycling please call Planet Ark on 1800 24 24 73.

 1 Source: http://cartridges.planetark.org/about/

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Last reviewed: 30 July, 2013