Japan-based Roland DG, a global manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices, announces that its Australian division’s cartridge recycling program has diverted almost 3.5 tons of waste from ending up in the landfill.
Roland DG Australia launched the recycling program in October of 2016. Since then, nearly 3,500 kilograms—or about 7,700 pounds—of cartridge and associated consumables waste has been collected in Roland DG collection boxes, which are located in major dealerships and at large customer sites across the country.
The program is run in partnership with Close the Loop, Australia’s largest recycling and resource recovery company for imaging consumables, with 100 percent of every cartridge either reused or recycled. There is no cost to the recyclers who drop off materials.
“We are pleased to see that our cartridge recycle program is having such a positive impact on the wide format industry, and the environment as a whole, and that we’ve been able to significantly reduce the amount of empty inkjet cartridges ending up in landfill,” says Greg Stone, product and marketing manager at Roland DG Australia. “It is great that this waste is not only recycled, but reused, and turned into a range of materials such as pens, rulers, and even asphalt—reinforcing Close the Loop’s ‘zero waste to landfill’ philosophy.”