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From Toner to Tarmac

Date: 30-Apr-14
Author: Ryan Collins
The last thing you'd expect to do after recycling your printer cartridges is to drive over them but now you could! Due to the development of a new product that turns residual toner into road surface, the recycled material, which is being rolled out in streets around Australia right now, makes road surfaces stronger and reduces their carbon emissions. Pretty amazing! Find out more...

Recycle right quiz winners!

Date: 18-Dec-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Find out who won our 5 green prize packs to help make reducing, reusing and recycling easy every day.

Thanks for taking recycling to new highs Australia!

Date: 13-Dec-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Latest figures show this year Australia recycled 64.2% of its packaging, our best year ever. Check out what else National Recycling Week achieved as part of the recycling revolution!

Bring friends and family together for a less wasteful Christmas

Date: 06-Dec-13
Author: Zo Zhou
The 12 Do's of Christmas are set to once again inspire Aussies to celebrate with more joy and less waste. Here are a few ideas to help you involve your loved ones, and get more people reducing, reusing and recycling these holidays...

Files rescued for recycling

Date: 26-Nov-13
Author: Zo Zhou
For National Recycling Week, workplaces, councils and schools held Friday File Flings to turn their unused files back into a valuable resource while decluttering the office! Find out what we collectively achieved...

Food For the Environment

Date: 17-Nov-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Australian households throw away 4.5 million tonnes of food every year or enough to fill more than 450,000 garbage trucks. But food waste is the new frontier in recycling with the options of turning it into energy and valuable fertiliser growing rapidly.

Soft Plastic Going Down Down

Date: 16-Nov-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Australians dispose of around 300,000 tonnes of flexible or soft plastics every year. A new program being run though selected Coles stores has recycled more than a million units (bags and packets) a week in its first year of operation.

Flinging Old Files For Fun

Date: 15-Nov-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Every tonne of office paper that is recycled saves enough energy to run 1.5 homes for a month so Australian workplaces are being urged to host an office fling on Friday 15th November.

Charging Up Battery Recycling

Date: 14-Nov-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Australians use about 345 million handheld batteries each year, but only 4% are recycled. By making it easy and accessible ALDI's new recycling program has recycled 28 tonnes of batteries in its first year of operation.

Recycling Wrongs and Rights

Date: 13-Nov-13
Author: Zo Zhou
One in every two Australians incorrectly believe they can put old drink glasses and used biscuit trays in their household recycling but both of these items contaminate recycling potentially sending it to landfill.

Phones and Cartridges

Date: 12-Nov-13
Author: Zo Zhou
The 22 million printer cartridges and 7.7 million mobiles recycled though the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' and MobileMuster programs represent a win for the consumer and for the environment.

Tuning Into E-Waste

Date: 11-Nov-13
Author: Zo Zhou
In 2012-13 more than 29 million TVs and computers were disposed of in Australia but only 10% of those were recycled. That recycling figure is set to soar with the roll out of free e-waste collection sites across the country.

Dunlop Flooring Wins Banksia Sustainability Award

Date: 22-Oct-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Acknowledged amongst Australia's most environmentally and sustainable organization's, Dunlop Flooring, a supporter of Planet Ark's National Recycling Week, won the Banksia Sustainability Award in the category of Waste Minimisation.

New Recycling Week lesson plans by Cool Australia

Date: 11-Oct-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Teachers will have an exciting new range of curriculum aligned lesson plans developed as part of National Recycling Week. Check out the range of lesson plans now to engage students about recycling and waste minimisation...

The cost of workplace waste

Date: 03-Oct-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Australian workplaces are spending more than $2.2 billion each year on waste services, of which $1.4 billion is spent on waste to landfill. As waste disposal costs increase, it makes financial sense to look for recycling options for the wide range of waste materials generated by businesses.

The Path to Positive Packaging

Date: 11-Jul-13
Author: Ryan Collins
The Australian Packaging Covenant provides industry with tools to design and dispose of consumer packaging more sustainably. Find out what it is and what it does for your products and your environment...

Tasmania Says Goodbye To Plastic Shopping Bags

Date: 19-Jun-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Come 1st November 2013, Tasmania will be the fourth State/Territory to implement a plastic bag ban. Read on...

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' turns e-waste into opportunity

Date: 29-Apr-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Printer cartridges contain valuable metals such as steel, aluminium and copper, much of which can be recycled, so it's important that people continue to recycle them. The recycled materials can be turned into pens, rulers, chemical spill clean up kits, and in eWood applications such as park benches, fencing and signs.

E-Waste Recycling World Record Attempt

Date: 15-Apr-13
Author: Zo Zhou
Australians are world-leading recyclers - just look at the 21 million printer cartridges recycled by 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'. And now, between the 20th and 28th April we can help TechCollect set a world record for the most TVs, computers and printers recycled. Find out how you can help and let your friends and family know. Read more...

WIN an iPad by becoming a case study

Date: 04-Mar-13
Author: Ryan Collins
We want to hear how BusinessRecycling has made recycling easier at work for you. We're looking for BusinessRecycling case studies which we'll promote for free in social media and on the site. Plus you could win 1 of 2 iPads/tablet PCs! Complete our quick Case Study Form to enter...

An Australian First: Free soft plastic recycling at Coles

Date: 18-Feb-13
Author: Ryan Collins
Frustrated by plastic bag waste? Wish you could recycle your biscuit packets and bread, rice and pasta bags? Well you can now recycle all these soft plastics and more at 376 Coles stores covering Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. Read on...

Schools Recycle Right Challenge Competition Winners Announced

Date: 11-Dec-12
Author: Ryan Collins
The Tetra Pak Schools Recycle Right Challenge Competition was a chance for students to show how well they recycle at home. Find out who the winners were.

The 12 Do's of Christmas

Date: 03-Dec-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Christmas is a time of joy and festivities, but it is also the season when households generate extra waste. Aussies are tipped to spend an incredible $10 billion on food this December, but can you guess how much of that we actually ends up in landfill? To find out, and to learn more about Planet Ark's guide for a greener Christmas, read on...

Fantastic file flingers of 2012

Date: 29-Nov-12
Author: Zo Zhou
For National Recycling Week, fifty fabulous organisations held Friday File Flings to turn their unused files into a valuable resource - and to have some recycling fun! So far 27 workplaces have sent us their results and we're happy to report that over 7.7 tonnes of old files were recycled. Find out what this saved...

Great cartridge pen giveaway winners announced

Date: 14-Nov-12
Author: Zo Zhou
To celebrate National Recycling Week and to encourage schools to recycle as much as possible, 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' offered Greenschools subcscribers the chance to win one of 10 packs of 15 Enviroliner pens, made from recycled inkjet cartridges. Check out who won...

Second Nature - Recycling In Australia

Date: 12-Nov-12
Author: Zo Zhou
For most Australians recycling the newspaper, aluminium cans and milk cartons they use at home has become second nature, but we're still throwing 22 million tonnes of waste into landfill each year. Planet Ark's new "Second Nature: Recycling in Australia" report details the current state of recycling, how we got there, and where we're heading.

Free TV and Computer Recycling Launched in NSW

Date: 09-Nov-12
Author: Ryan Collins
In the lead up to National Recycling Week 2012 the NSW launch of TechCollect, the new free TV and computer recycling program was held at Randwick City Council's Perry Street depot today.

Food Scrap Recycling at Work...Brought to You by Costa!

Date: 08-Nov-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Every year Australians throw away an estimated three million tonnes or $5.2 billion of food, wasting the resources used to harvest, transport, process and distribute this food. However, there's much we can do while we're at work to reduce this staggering statistic. Find out more...

Sweet Office Flings for the Environment

Date: 30-Oct-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Hold a Friday File Fling in your workplace this National Recycling Week to help the environment, de-clutter the office and engage your colleagues about the benefits of recycling! It's free to register and we help you every step of the way! Find out more...

Get students recycling

Date: 25-Oct-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Planet Ark's Schools Recycle Right Challenge Competition is now open to help students recycle right this National Recycling Week 2012. Find out how you can win some great environmental prizes...

Winners of the Wiggos Composting Pods announced

Date: 22-Oct-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Winners of the Wiggos Composting Pods have been announced!

Pass the Can and help us educate kids

Date: 25-Sep-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Do you remember playing pass the parcel? Well get ready to play the 21st Century version - Pass the Can! This new Facebook app is set to raise funds for Planet Ark to develop recycling education lessons for Aussie school kids. Join the fun, crush a can then pass it on. Every pass generates a $1 donation.

Extra Extra newsprint recycling efforts in Australia lead the world

Date: 23-Aug-12
Author: Zo Zhou
Australia has come out ahead in its recovery and recycling rate for newsprint for 2012, keeping with a steadily high trend set in the last two years. According to an annual report from the Publishers' National Environment Bureau, 77.7% of all Australian newsprint was recovered compared to the average 70.0% recycling rate for newsprint in Europe.

Famous faces celebrate 10 years of cartridge recycling!

Date: 30-Apr-12
Author: Janet Sparrow
Renowned singer Kamahl and media personality Tim Webster are just two of the famous faces helping 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' celebrate its 10-year anniversary.

Winners of Schools Recycle Right Schools Competition

Date: 20-Mar-12
Author: Lucy Band
The winners of the Tetra Pak 'Schools Recycle Right Challenge Schools Competition' have been chosen. Find out which schools have won some great prizes.

Easy to recycle this Christmas Tree!

Date: 06-Jan-12
Author: Zhi Yan
This 8 metre tall Christmas tree was built with 3,500 Tetra Pak carton packages.

Recycle Your Mobile Phone Securely

Date: 09-Nov-11
Author: Lucy Band
New research conducted by the mobile phone industry's official recycling program, MobileMuster, has revealed that 76 per cent of Australians would feel more confident recycling their old mobiles if they knew how to delete or save the data stored on them*.

Get Ready To Fling

Date: 04-Nov-11
Author: Lucy Band
With over 40 businesses registered, the Friday File Fling is in full swing! Find out who is participating and how your business can get involved - it's not too late.

Choosing the Right Recycler

Date: 03-Nov-11
Author: Lucy Band
Ensuring your waste is recycled correctly and legally can be as easy as asking a recycler the right questions. Check out our guide for 'Choosing the Right Recycler.'

Round Up Your Old Mobiles - It's Free and Easy

Date: 03-Nov-11
Author: Lucy Band
The 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program and MobileMuster have teamed up to help you, your colleagues and your workplace recycle your printer cartridges and mobile phones in one easy step. Read on ...

GS Yuasa EV Battery Joint Venture To Hike Output

Date: 07-Oct-11
Author: A joint venture between Japan's GS Yuasa Corp, Mitsubishi Corp and Mitsubishi Motors Corp will boost the world's production of lithium ion batteries, used in electric cars.

Recycle Your Car Battery to Help Planet Ark

Date: 16-Aug-11
Author: Until the 11th September, when you take your used car battery to any Battery World store for recycling you'll receive $15 dollars off the price of a new Century or GS Yuasa car battery - and Planet Ark will receive $5 to help with our recycling programs.

Treading Lightly on the Environment

Date: 29-Jul-11
Author: Planet Ark is proud to announce Dunlop Flooring and Flooring Xtra as new supporters of the National Recycling Week initiative. Flooring Xtra will help you tread more lightly on the Earth.

Recycling your mobile phone helps our beaches too

Date: 26-Jul-11
Author: Recycle your mobile phone before 30 September to help Landcare and Coastcare groups protect our coastline.

Canon's 2011 Environmental Grants Program is Now Open

Date: 17-Jun-11
Author: Lucy Band
Each year Canon Australia awards five grants to the sum of $5,000 to projects or organisations that can demonstrate a positive impact on Australia's natural environment and communities. Read on to find out more.

Happy Birthday, 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'!

Date: 03-May-11
Author: In its first 8 years, enough cartridges have been collected to fill over 30 Olympic swimming pools or almost 100 jumbo jets.

Help us celebrate our 18th birthday and win prizes

Date: 10-Mar-11
Author: Tell us what you would like to see Planet Ark achieve in the next few years, and you'll go in the running to win a share in over $900 worth of prizes!

'Eco-trade' Campaign Makes Vacuum Cleaner Recycling Easy - and 15% More Rewarding

Date: 03-Mar-11
Author: Zhi Yan
During March 2011, take advantage of this great initiative by Dyson and The Good Guys to recycle your unwanted vacuum cleaner AND get a 15% discount off a brand new Dyson vacuum cleaner.

EU Seeks Stricter Rules For E-Waste - World Environment News

Date: 04-Feb-11
Author: Lucy Band
The European Parliament proposed stricter rules on Thursday to halt what has become Europe's fastest growing type of waste: discarded mobile phones, computers and other electronic devices.

File Flinging Prevents 13 Tonnes of Hot Air

Date: 02-Dec-10
Author: Lucy Band
Participants in National Recycling Week's Friday File Fling have made fantastic environmental savings and they're ready to do it again next year. Find out more.

The Journey of Jeans - Watch It Now !

Date: 05-Nov-10
Author: Lucy Band
Watch this short animated clip that follows the journey of a pair of jeans from crop to swap, narrated by Melissa Doyle, co-host of Sunrise and Big Aussie Swap ambassador. If you like what you see, then pass it on - post the video on your work website, facebook, blog or send the link on to others. The more swapping the lighter our footprint.

Office Flings Are Flooding In

Date: 21-Oct-10
Author: Lucy Band
Registrations for the Friday File Fling are flooding in from across the country. It's an easy to organise and fun staff engagement activity.

Recycling within reach of small business

Date: 24-Jun-10
Author: Michelle Cook
The most extensive directory of recycling services in Australia will be launched by Planet Ark today to help business owners and operators save money and reduce waste.

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' Special Program in Victoria

Date: 29-Mar-10
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Are you in a workplace in Victoria with your own 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection box? Check out the trial program with Mobile Muster.

WIN with Planet Ark

Date: 15-Feb-10
Author: Michelle Cook
Here's a competition that is as easy to enter as it is to recycle an aluminium can

Think before you fling

Date: 13-Nov-09
Author: Michelle Cook
The industry body for archivists reminds participants in Planet Ark's Friday File Fling of a few important considerations

Calling Green Team members

Date: 17-Jun-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Are you or your friend, colleague or partner part of a formal or informal Green Team or Sustainability Team at work?

Your Ideas Wanted!

Date: 26-May-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Planet Ark is keen to hear your feedback on our RecyclingNearYou.com.au website. Australian residents go into the running to win a subscription to G Magazine!

CitySmart Home Service rebate available

Date: 14-May-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
The CitySmart Home Service rebate enables residents of Brisbane City to reduce their home greenhouse gas emissions by improving water and energy efficiency as well as lower the cost of energy bills for free.

Brisbane Council Solar Hot Water Rebate Ending Soon

Date: 14-May-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Brisbane City Council's $400 solar hot water rebate program ends 30 June 2009. Check out the program to see how you can make significant savings on your electricity bill as well as reduce your carbon emissions.

FareShare gets a boost!

Date: 13-May-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Even more food is set to be diverted from landfill into community meals as Safeway in Melbourne joins the FareShare program.

Emerging Needs funding for environmental projects

Date: 05-May-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
The City of Melbourne Community Services Grants Program is funding Community Action on the Environment in the categories of are greenhouse, water, waste and recycling and green spaces.

Insulation & Solar Hot Water rebates

Date: 05-May-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Owner occupiers, landlords and tenants may be eligible for Federal Government rebates for ceiling insulation and solar hot water systems.

Kids get arty for World Environment Day

Date: 30-Apr-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Kids from City of Sydney are invited to get arty for World Environment Day and enter the City of Sydney's third annual Children's Fine Art and Digital Art Competition and Exhibition.

Recycled content paper guides released

Date: 29-Apr-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
DECC has recently published two guides to recycled content paper - Know your paper (for office/copy paper) and Know your printing paper.

Call For Environmental Trust Applications

Date: 25-Mar-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Grants for a range of projects are available through the Environmental Trust.

Recycle Right DVD Available

Date: 24-Mar-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
An educational DVD on how to Recycle Right is available for teachers and other commuity groups. The DVD includes the YouTube clips on the RecyclingWeek media pages - topics such as Plastic Containers, Contamination, Organics and E-Waste.

Victorian Bushfire Recovery: Chemical clear-out assistance

Date: 19-Mar-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Free assistance to all chemical users affected by the recent Victorian bushfires has been offered by Agsafe.

NRWO8 Evaluation Released

Date: 19-Mar-09
Author: Amy Nancarrow
The Evaluation for National Recycling Week 2008 has now been released, with information on the outcomes of the campaign.

NRW Launch with City of Sydney

Date: 12-Nov-08
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Hundreds of office workers, tourists, mums & bubs and Sydneysiders celebrated National Recycling Week on Monday 10th November at Martin Place, to the sounds of the National Junk Band - performing on their recycled instruments.

NRW Community Launch

Date: 12-Nov-08
Author: Amy Nancarrow
The National Recycling Week Community Launch was a great success at Newtown Festival on Sunday 9th November.

Lamp Recycling & Give-Away Program in Kiama

Date: 05-Nov-08
Author: Amy Nancarrow
Kiama Municipal Council are holding a recycling program for lamps during National Recycling Week. Check Events listing for details.

Gosford Council Events

Date: 31-Oct-08
Author: Amy Nancarrow
To celebrate National Recycling Week Gosford Council are inviting all Central Coast residents to participate in a range of events and stalls and to 'Recycle a Steel Can to Win!' See Events for details.

Canterbury Council Events

Date: 29-Oct-08
Author: Amy Nancarrow
A stall with competition and prizes will be held in Campsie and a free Recycling Facility Tour. Check Events listings for more details.

Launch of National Recycling Week Council Pages

Date: 15-Sep-08
Author: Ian Bridges
Planet Ark is pleased to launch the National Recycling Week council pages of its website.

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