DISPOSING of unwanted cartridges has never been easier with local businesses including Australia Post collecting for the recycling program Cartridges 4 Planet Ark.
The program allows members of the public to simply drop off printer cartridges into allocated bins at participating businesses.
Every day more than 546 bags of cartridges are diverted from landfill Australia-wide through Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, totalling more than 21 million cartridges with 9800 tonnes of plastics, metals, inks and toners recycled since the program started in 2003.
In the Whitsundays, a total of 21,883 cartridges have been recycled through the program.
Planet Ark's recycling program manager Janet Sparrow said the success of Cartridges 4 Planet Ark had been a result of the effective partnerships between responsible manufacturers, retailers and support from the general public.
"The Australian public has proved they can recycle cartridges and mobile phones effectively so we are thrilled to see e-waste recycling growing," she said.
Recycled materials including televisions, mobile phones, television and computers can be turned into pens, rulers, chemical spill cleanup kits, and used in e-wood applications such as park benches, fencing and signs.
To find your nearest drop-off location for printer cartridges and other e-waste, visit http://www.recyclingnearyou.com.au or call the recycling hotline on 1300 733 712. For workplace recycling options, visit http://www.businessrecycling.com.au.