Recycled Printer Cartridges Produce Road Surfaces

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Posted: Jun 24, 2018 02:17 PM
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Have you ever wondered what happens to printer ink and toner cartridges when they're recycled? Is the worth the effort to recycle your used printer cartridges? Many products are now being produced and a couple of the recent ones are TonerPlas™ and TonerPave™.


Close the Loop has announced a couple of new products produced from recycled printer cartridges – TonerPlas™ & TonerPave™.  Roads are being re-surfaced with ink and toner cartridges and soft plastics – a fantastic re-use of waste that would otherwise end up in our landfill.  So if you’ve wondered if your actually making a difference when you recycle ink cartridges – the short answer, yes you are!


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TonerPlas™ is Close the Loop’s latest development of asphalt additives and is ground breaking in that they have created a product that enhances the characteristics of asphalt, so producing higher quality road surfaces, that last 65% longer than traditional asphalt while contributing a major solution to a problematic waste issue of soft plastics.

In Australia alone, more than 300,000 tonnes of soft plastic are dumped into landfills every year. Not only is this bad for the environment it is a monumental waste of a valuable resource that can be re-used and re-purposed into new products. Close the Loops contribution to solving the soft plastics problem is TonerPlas™. TonerPlas™ is a formulated product using waste toner collected from printer cartridges via programs like Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, and soft plastics collected from the community by their partner Red Group via the RedCycle program.

The formulated product is injected into the asphalt mix with their partner Downer Group who adds recycled glass and recycled asphalt pavement to create lower carbon, higher quality roads that last 65% longer than traditional asphalt. Every kilometre of road will contain the equivalent of 530,000 plastic shopping bags, 168,000 glass bottles, and waste toner from 12,500 printer cartridges.

The first successful road was laid in Craigieburn in May 2018.  The road was constructed in Craigieburn with 250 tonnes of asphalt and has a greater than 25% total recycled material content with approximately:
– 200,000 plastic bag and packaging equivalents
– 63,000 glass bottle equivalents
– Toner from 4,500 used printer cartridges
– 50 tonnes reclaimed road (asphalt)


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TonerPave™ is a new asphalt, with high recycled content and reduced carbon footprint. TonerPave™ was developed by Close the Loop in partnership with one of Australia’s largest infrastructure companies, Downer Group, and is the result of a shared culture of innovation and a genuine desire to reduce the companies’ carbon footprint. Too often recycled products are viewed as being inferior, but TonerPave™ produces a superior asphalt that resists rutting and cracking at both higher and lower temperatures, and requires less maintenance, as well as having a 23% lower carbon footprint, all at the same price as standard asphalt.Cartridge Recyling Inkjet Online

Downer is one of Australia’s largest, most progressive infrastructure companies, a top tier producer of asphalt and builder of roads. TonerPave™ is part of a new range of asphalt products supplied by Downer under its ‘Low Carbon Asphalt’ banner.

The key ingredient of TonerPave™ is MTP (Modified Toner Polymer), which has been developed over many years by Close the Loop and is a prime example of industrial ecology in action.

Close the Loop and Downer have formed an exclusive partnership to bring TonerPave™ to market. More than 1,000km of TonerPave™ asphalt has been laid in Australian municipal council jurisdictions in most States of Australia and is now a mainstream product with a significant following. Close the Loop continues to innovate in re-use and re-purposing of recovered post-consumer material into new products and is currently releasing a new product called TonerSeal for use in sprayseal road manufacture, again in partnership with Downer.

So what can you to help?  Recycle your used or unwanted printer cartridges.  Look for your closest Printer Cartridge drop off point.  Contact you local council if your unsure.

If you're local to Blackwood please feel free to drop your used printer cartridges in to:Inkjet Online Cartridges4PlanetArk

Black Cat Printing & Stationery
197 Main Road Blackwood
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Accepting ink and toner cartridges, drums and fuser units for manufactures including Canon, Epson, Brother, Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Konica Minolta, Samsung to name just a few.

Please ensure you just bring in the cartridges, packaging cannot be accepted, cartridges only.


Information taken from Close the Loop website 24/6/2018

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