A cutting-edge innovation turning used printer toner into road surface has led to calls for businesses to further increase their efforts on recycling.
Planet Ark revealed that Rayfield Avenue, Craigieburn in Melbourne’s north is the first street in Australia to trial a new roadbase that uses recycled printer toner, soft plastics and glass.
The new material is said to last up to 65 per cent longer than traditional asphalt, while being far friendlier to the environment by reducing the amount of waste heading to landfill.
“It’s great to see that Cartridges 4 Planet Ark is a true recycling success story in light of the challenges posed by China’s new waste policy,” the group’s campaign manager, Claire Bell, said.
“For 15 years it has been a shining example of manufacturers taking responsibility for the end life of their cartridges and turning them into new resources.”
The TonerPave and TonerSeal products are not the only materials generated from used printer toners: pens, and composite wood for gardening, fencing and decking have also been used for some time.
According to Planet Ark, it has received more than 38.5 million printer cartridges over the last 15 years – enough to fill 77 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Ms Bell thanked printer manufacturers Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta and Kyocera for their help in the program by acting as drop-off points for used cartridges.
“It’s great to see product manufacturers take responsibility, and people from all around Australia doing their part to support a program where zero waste goes to landfill,” she said.
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.