About three litres of oil are used to make a laser cartridge. A cartridge can be remanufactured three or four times, all parts of a cartridge replaced in a remanufacturing process can be recycled, and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced on average by 4.5kg for every laser cartridge manufactured. Knowing this, it makes sense to recycle your printer toner cartridge.
UNSW Sustainability works with Close the Loop and Cartridges 4 Planet Ark to provide cartridge collection boxes for used and empty laser toner cartridges. There are more than 80 cartridge points across the campus.
‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' is an example of an effective ‘extended producer responsibility program’. That means, the cost of collecting, transporting, and recycling the cartridges, as well as promoting the program, is paid for by the participating equipment manufacturers. At UNSW, our managed print partner is Lexmark.
By reusing and recycling our printer and photocopier toner cartridges through Planet Ark we are helping divert some of the 18 million empty cartridges currently going to landfill in Australia every year.