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Recycling Printer Cartridges

How do you recycle printer cartridges locally?   What happens to the recycled materials?

Printer cartridges are made up of a complex combination of plastics, metals, foam, ink and toner.  Throwing them into landfill represents a waste of resources and contributes to the growing problem of electronic waste. By recycling your cartridges you are helping to reduce this waste.If you have enough cartridges, you can organize a collection bag for your school through Planet Ark – when it is full, it is sent for recycling, to ‘Close the Loop’ as a free service through Australia Post.

Planet Ark’s website: http://cartridges.planetark.org/involvement/ shows what happens to the cartridges when recycled – and this website has a great downloadable pdf on the recycling process - what bits can be recycled and how. This website also allows you to find local places where you can take your printer cartridges to recycle.  For example, Dick Smiths in Wangaratta are a collection point – with one of the Planet Ark boxes - and are happy for any printer cartridges to be dropped off there.Most local retailers will collect your old cartridge when you buy a new one.

Website Area - Local

Website Name North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group
Description The local waste management group in North East Victoria. A whole range of information and school units on waste and litter is available from this site.
Website Address http://www.newrrg.vic.gov.au/

Website Area - State Wide

Website Name KESAB (South Australia)
Description Fact sheets about recycling and litter programs.
Website Address


Website Name Sustainability Victoria
Description Information on the ResourceSmart -Waste program and supportive curriculum materials.
Website Address http://www.resourcesmart.vic.gov.au/for_educators_2573.html

Website Name Sustainable Schools NSW
Description Comprehsive sustainable schools website for teachers
Website Address http://www.sustainableschools.nsw.edu.au/

Website Name The Sustainable Households Challenge
Description Animated activities around a family called the Sustainables. Teacher resources, short animations and the opportunity to committ to change.
Website Address http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/thesustainables/index.htm

Website Area - Australia Wide

Website Name Cleanaway
Description Cleanaway provides a range of educational tools and services for schools and communities to increase awareness of the importance of recycling and resource recovery.
Website Address http://www.cleanaway.com.au/CLWY.655538:STANDARD:983596533:pc=EDUCATION

Website Name Clean Up Australia
Description Some student activities and information relating to litter and recycling. But plenty of information about different campaigns that CUAD run, including plastic bags.
Website Address http://www.cleanup.com.au/au/

Website Name Freecycle
Description Website were someones waste becomes someones treasure
Website Address http://www.freecycle.org/

Website Name Mobile Muster
Description Learn about recycling your mobile phones and how you can protect native species
Website Address http://www.mobilemuster.com.au/school_challenge

Website Name Ollie Recycles
Description A supportive website to the interactive Ollie DVD's. Some games and information relating to sustainability and information for teachers.
Website Address http://www.ollierecycles.com.au/

Website Name Planet Ark
Description Planet Ark provides a range of information on current environmental issues. Including plastic bags, cigarette butt litter and recycling. Also has a news achieve of environmental media articles that you can search.
Website Address http://www.planetark.com/

Website Name Reverse Garbage
Description Reverse Garbage sells salvaged materials that can be used for art projects. Amazing what they have available.
Website Address http://www.reversegarbage.org.au/

Website Name Visy Recycling
Description Information and interactive games around recycling and setting up a school recycling program.
Website Address http://www.visy.com.au/recycling/?id=31

Website Area - International

Website Name A Century of Kitchen Waste
Description A look at how waste coming from our kitchens has changed over time. An interactive site designed for students.
Website Address http://www.environment.gov.ab.ca/

Website Name Composting in the classroom
Description A guide to composting in the classroom
Website Address http://compost.css.cornell.edu/schools.html

Website Name Kinderart
Description Instructions on a range of art projects mostly with recycled materials.
Website Address http://www.kinderart.com/recycle/

Website Name Recycle Now - Composting
Description Information and games on composting at school
Website Address http://www.recyclenow.com/