Paid recycling is working says Planet Ark
FRASER Coast residents have recycled 53,000 ink cartridges in 12 years, adding to the four million in Queensland that have been saved from going into landfill, Planet Ark figures show.
Statistics released show the advantages of programs where manufacturers pay for materials to be recycled.
A Planet Ark spokeswoman said Australia had saved 27 million ink cartridges from going into landfill since the company's campaign started in 2003.
She said recycled printer cartridges could be turned into aluminium, ferrous metal, stainless steel and more than six different plastic types.
They can also be used to create material that strengthens the life of asphalt used on roads, used to make park benches, fencing and garden beds and help create new products such as cartridges, pens and rulers.
Under Planet Ark's program, printer cartridges collected on the Fraser Coast are sorted and are returned to the manufacturer, depending on their condition.
The manufacturer then reuses them or dismantles them. If cartridges are sent to landfill, they could take between 450 and 1000 years to break down.
Planet Ark's recycling programs manager Ryan Collins said reducing waste generation and keeping materials circulating within the economy would be a priority for everyone in the future.