WHO RECYCLES 13M. CARTRIDGES A YEAR …?

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WHO RECYCLES 13M. CARTRIDGES A YEAR …?

 user 2007-10-30 at 11:55:00 am Views: 60
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    Australia is Toning up for the future
    October  2007. If you have anything to do with printers, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve sent a printer cartridge off for recycling at some point. Have you ever wondered where it went?Close the Loop in Melbourne recycles 13 million of cartridges each year from 43, 000 drop-off points around Australia, including 43 in Canberra.Since the program began in October 2001 until October this year, 20,4103 cartridges have been collected in the ACT. Their combined weight was 125, 966 kilos.

    The company also receives bulk shipments of used cartridges from locations in Asia.
    CEO Greg Turnidge showed 666 ABC Canberra’s environment reporter, Claire Gorman around the plant. The pair looked at the entire recycling process including both waste streams – inkjet cartridges and toner cartridges. To understand just how it works, take a look at the photo gallery at right.After the cartridges come in, they checked into a computer system and manually sorted which can be a very messy job.Greg explained that one of the things his staff has to be most mindful of is toner dust becoming airborne. While toner dust is not classified as a hazardous material, there is a danger if it becomes ambient. After the toner cartridges are crushed, large extraction fans suck the toner dust from the air to stop it harming employees’ health.”Toner dust is a very difficult material to manage. As you can see it becomes ambient. It’s a very fine substance and we have to be careful in the way we process it so we don’t end up with issues in the plant.”We maintain this equipment very regularly to ensure there’s no clogging which may result in machinery malfunction and cause the toner to become a serious problem in the factory. We are also very cognisant of the effect it may have on the staff so you will see they have respiratory gear,” he said.Greg said another concern is the noise. Staff have regular hearing checks to make sure they don’t get industrial hearing loss.Plastic ‘lumber’ is created from the crushed cartridge plastic. This material can be used to replace hardwood and to date it has been used to create everything from park benches to rail sleepers.