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Federal Member for Wannon

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Federal Member for Wannon

17 April 2008


Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, is urging Western Victorians to ease the e-waste (electronic waste) epidemic by thoughtfully disposing of their used printer cartridges.

Mr Hawker said ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ the innovative recycling program provides local residents with a free and easy way to recycle used printer cartridges.

“The frequent upgrading of electronic equipment has led to an e-waste surplus mainly consisting of old and unused computers, mobile phones and printer cartridges that can harm the environment if not disposed of correctly,” Mr Hawker said.

“I encourage all local residents to alleviate the e-waste epidemic by recycling their ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark.’ ”

Through its free collection and recycling service, ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ has diverted more than 6.3 million printer cartridges from landfill, and in the last 12 months has increased its nationwide return rate by 27%.

“This is a wonderful result for the environment. 6.3 million printer cartridges equates to more than 3,000 tonnes of potentially hazardous material that has been spared from landfill,” Mr Hawker said.

Printer cartridges are complex items made of plastics and metals that do not break down. The chemicals they contain can be hazardous to the environment if left to deteriorate in landfill.

Using patented Australian technology, ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ ensures zero-waste to landfill. A large proportion of the cartridges are returned to the original manufacturer for their own component recovery programs. The remaining cartridge waste components are recycled, with some of the plastic being used to produce eWood™ - a timber replacement product used to make items such as outdoor furniture, fencing and garden edging.

‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ program sponsors Lexmark, Hewlett Packard, Brother, Konica Minolta, Panasonic, Epson and Canon are committed to this long-tem e-waste solution.

Mr Hawker said used printer cartridges of any brand or type can be dropped into a ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ collection box at participating Australia Post, Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Tandy or Dick Smith Electronics and PowerHouse stores.

To find your nearest retail drop off location, visit or call the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ hotline on 1800 24 24 73.

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Media contact: Jane Templeton (03) 5572 1100