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How Recycling Printer Cartridges Is A Humanitarian And Environmental Benefit.

How Recycling Printer Cartridges Is A Humanitarian And Environmental Benefit.
By Simon Williams
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August 13, 2017

HP has partnered with Thread to create something amazing. They are developing a recycling process that closes the loop by using plastics that would have otherwise ended up in landfill sites. The other impressive aspect of this initiative is that it is creating a new market for ink cartridge supplies, which will also create new jobs in a local economy.


How is it being done?

Recycling centres are being developed across Haiti. These centres have recycling collectors, who will collect and sort the plastics so they are ready to be distributed to HP as a plastic supply source for their ink cartridges.
 

Haitians will gain economic benefits from the initiative.

According to an article from Fast Company, recyclers that participate in the program are likely to earn $3.57 a day, which is more than a dollar more than the average worker in Haiti. The impact of the initiative has been astounding, with local Haitian resident and collection centre owner Rosette Altidor saying that the work between Thread and HP has allowed her to send her children to school, pay for her home and it’s motivating others to collect plastic to clean up Haiti. (Source)

Many of the people that have been working at the landfill are children aged between 8 and 12 years old. HP and Thread have also setup a separate fund that will allow children to get scholarships so they can gain an education and go to school.

You can see more about the initiative in the video below
 


HP has partnered with Thread to develop a recycling process that closes the loop by using plastics that would have otherwise ended up in landfill sites.

Here, in Australia, we do not face the humanitarian needs of nations such as Haiti, but we do face an enormous environmental challenge. End of Life Printer Cartridges are a part of this challenge but they do not need to be. CartridgesDirect have long advocated for the ethical recycling of End of Life Printer cartridges. Every component and material used in a printer cartridge can be recovered and reapplied to a new use. But it takes specialised handling and normal waste transfer stations are not equipped to handle this work. It takes specialised companies, such as Close the Loop to handle the task and ensure that there is zero waste from printer cartridges. You will find a Cartridges 4Planet Ark collection box in Australia Post Offices across the country. Just put your empty cartridges in there and it will gs straight to Close the Loop for Ethical Recycling.
 


But it is not an inexpensive process. All Original Printer Cartridge manufacturers, the same one as the one that made your printer, pays for their products to be ethically recycled, No compatible printer cartridge manufacturers contribute financially to recycling their products. They only contribute to the environmental problem. The Ethical Recycling of printer cartridges is expanding with more and more users disposing of their empty cartridges ethically and, just as importantly, new technologies and applications to put the recycled material to beneficial use. Australia is at the forefront of this research.
 


TonerPave has gained international attention as a superior and environmentally sound road surface and is now being trialled elsewhere. Even though your printer cartridge has reached the end of its printing life it has by no means reached the end of its useful life.

Comments

Yvonne Lang wrote:

Hi, At Q&A Market Research, we are looking to be able to post a collection of in cartridges for recycling. Local drop off is always full. Please call or email me. Regards, Yvonne Lang 0733692299 Q&A Market Research.

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