Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre

Telephone02 4324 7200

Email rumbalara-e.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Ink and toner cartridges

Some kinds of toner dust contain hazardous materials. Inkjet inks can also contain a range of chemicals that are harmful to the environment. These materials pose no threat while they are contained within the cartridge. However, these pollutants can escape when cartridges are pulled apart in poorly managed refilling or recycling operations or when dumped cartridges start to deteriorate in landfills. Toner dust is also extremely fine (5 – 15 microns), so it can easily leach from landfills into nearby waterways, groundwater and ultimately the oceans.

What can we do?

  • buy recycled, refillable or remanufactured toners and cartridges instead of brand new ones. Rebates offered for return of some products.
  • keep a box for used cartridges near printers. Used cartridges can be placed in Planet Ark recycling boxes at most post offices, Harvey Norman, Tandy, Dick Smith and Office Works.
  • if you have a regular supply of empty cartridges you can order your own collection box through Planet Arks 'Close The Loop Resource Recovery', when filled these boxes can then be picked up free by a courier service (you only need three cartridges of any kind per month to get a box).  To order a starter pack or find the closest collection centre, Tel:1800 24 24 73.

Ink refills are available from

Cartridge World

Gosford Tel: 02 4322 3587,
Killarney Vale Tel: 02 4334185,
Woy Woy Tel: 02 43427364

The Ink Shop 

Gosford
Tel: 02 4322 2857

Inkjet Technologies Erina

Tel: 02 4365 1000

The Ink Shop Morisset

Tel: 02 49733414

Most of these companies also offer a rebate service for cartridges that can be refilled and sold again. Your school can raise money and save the environment! Cartridges that can't be re-filled are responsibly recycled through industry systems.