Gunjan Piya shows how easy it is to drop off an old printer cartridge in the recycling bay at Auburn Officeworks.
OVER the last 12 months Australians have made history by recycling a record 13,500 used printer cartridges every working day, making it the biggest year ever since the launch of the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program, with 17,700 collected in Auburn alone.
In total, over 3.5 million cartridges were returned for recycling or remanufacture, which is equivalent to 386 bathtubs of cartridges returned every working day, or six backyard swimming pools every week.
One of the drop-off points, Auburn Officeworks is doing a bustling trade.
Manager Ian says it's very common for people to bring in their old cartridges for recycling when they are ready to replace them.
"I've seen a lot of support for this recycling initiative in the last year," he added.
Ryan Collins, Recycling Programs Manager at Planet Ark, says a key factor in this success is industry's willingness to participate in this voluntary product stewardship scheme, which ensures the environmental impact of their products is responsibly managed at the end of their useful life.
Printer cartridges can take between 450 and 1,000 years to break down in landfill, and e-waste is the fastest-growing form of waste.
You can access a free network of 4,000 public recycling collection boxes around the country, located at all Officeworks stores and participating Australia Post, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys and Office National outlets.
To register for a free box or to find your nearest drop-off location, visit cartridges.planetark.org or call 1300 763 768.