Author: Jennifer McMillan
Lake Macquarie council has approved an $8 million Downer Group plant to recycle waste materials into roads.
Materials such as soft plastics collected via the REDcycle program and toner collected from used printer cartridges through the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark (C4PA) recycling program will be used to produce the asphalt.
In Australia alone, more than 300,000 tonnes of soft plastic are dumped into landfill every year. TonerPlas offers an alternative use for valuable resources while also creating lower carbon, higher quality road surfaces.
For every one kilometre of road paved with TonerPlas, approximately 530,000 plastic shopping bag equivalents and waste toner from 12,500 printer cartridges will be reused.
Over 39 million cartridges have been collected via Cartridges 4 Planet Ark. All of this made possible by the participating manufacturers Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta and Kyocera who collectively take responsibility for the end life of their products.
A recent sustainability report by Planet Ark and HP found that half of Australian consumers and 44 per cent of businesses do not recycle printer ink and toner cartridges.
Join the C4PA campaign to recycle 41 million cartridges before the end of March 2019. Through the C4PA campaign you will be diverting valuable resources from landfill and contributing to innovation in recycling.
Jennifer joined the Planet Ark team to support the 2018 National Tree Day campaign. With a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Master’s degree in Journalism, she is passionate about science communication with a focus on multimedia storytelling. Prior to joining the Planet Ark team she travelled to Jordan as a foreign correspondent. She works as a vet nurse in her spare time!